United We Dream, along with Hundreds of Immigrants and Advocates Rally Outside of New Orleans Courthouse, Celebrate Stories of Immigrant Community Members Who Will Benefit from DACA+/DAPA
A video of today’s action can be found here. Pictures and tweets from today’s action can be found in the storify here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2015
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NEW ORLEANS, LA. – Today, hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across the country gathered in New Orleans to rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens and Residents (DAPA), programs that are set to protect millions of people from deportation.
A panel of three judges at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals weighed a request for an emergency stay by the Department of Justice on a lawsuit filed by 26 Republican politicians to delay the implementation of DACA/DAPA. If granted, the stay would allow the new DAPA program and DACA program expansion to proceed.
Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream, who attended the hearing with her father, Fausto, a future DAPA-beneficiary, issued the following statement,
“Today’s message to our community was clear. We will win.”
“My father Fausto was set to apply for deferred action in May, and while it might take longer than we expected, I wanted him to see that our community will stop at nothing until we ensure that millions of immigrant workers, parents, and Dreamers are able to live and work without fear.
“I tell my father, like I tell the millions of undocumented parents and youth who can potentially benefit, the day will soon come when you will be protected from deportation, and I look forward to the day when I can held my dad apply.
“Dreamers have proven it with DACA, a program that protects close to 700,000 young people, and we know that DAPA will be even more successful.
“The anti-immigrant political games in Congress and in the courts which hope to delay the inevitable will fail.
“After listening to the oral arguments from both sides, we remain steadfast in our belief that the President’s actions were well within his power and that both justice and the law will be on the side of the immigrant community.
“We understand that these types of cases aren’t resolved from one day to the next – and the delays can be frustrating – but today’s hearing was just the next step on our community’s march towards justice.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 53 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.
You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.