Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion with Judge Andrew Hanen to stay his request for the personal information of over 50,000 undocumented youth who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
The DOJ request comes days after United We Dream members hand-delivered over 2,000 petitions to the Department of Justice demanding that they not comply with Hanen’s outrageous order and to file a motion to remove Hanen from the case of U.S. v Texas which is responsible for delaying deportation protections for millions of immigrant families.
The DOJ motion states, in part: “The order risks injury to tens of thousands of third parties who … are not party to this litigation, in circumstances where the States have not identified harm that would justify such an intrusion. The urgency of providing private information about these 50,000 individuals is also unexplained.”
Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream said:
“Judge Hanen is outrageously demanding the home addresses and other private information of 50,000 teenagers, young people and families and hasn’t even offered a reason why.”
“We know the real reason – it is simply to intimidate immigrants and strip away our dignity – but we won’t be scared back into the shadows.
“We are encouraged by today’s DOJ motion. The chorus of voices calling out Andrew Hanen’s extremism is growing and we are prepared to do whatever it takes to defend their privacy and the security of our members and community from this anti-immigrant judge.”