Washington, D.C. – This morning, immigrant youth from Connecticut, New York and Virginia delivered 2,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking them to not honor Republican Judge Andrew Hanen’s outrageous demand for the personal information of nearly 100,000 immigrant youth who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and to demand that the DOJ file a motion to remove Judge Hanen from the United States v. Texas case.
After years of grassroots campaigning, immigrant youth and families won the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents but the program was blocked when Judge Hanen issued a ruling delaying the program. The Supreme Court is now considering whether or not to overturn the Hanen decision and enable millions to be protected from deportation. Judge Hanen has made a name for himself as an anti-immigrant advocate in a robe.
Alison Martinez-Carrasco, an immigrant youth leader who benefits from the DACA program, with Connecticut Students for a Dream, a United We Dream Affiliate Group, said:
“We gathered out here to prove to Judge Hanen that when we say we’ll fight back, we stick to our word—we’re undocumented and unafraid and we’re home and here to stay!”
“Judge Hanen has his eyes set on pushing the immigrant community further into the shadows while threatening the Department of Justice. It’s the Attorney General’s responsibility to not give in to these political games and protect our privacy! An attack on our community will only open the doors for further hateful attacks on vulnerable groups.”