Rep. Gutierrez: 5th Circuit Ruling is ‘Disappointment but Not Unexpected’

“I am confident millions of immigrants will eventually apply for DAPA and DACA”

Washington, DC –-(ENEWSPF)–May 26, 2015.  Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to news that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had refused to issue a stay of the injunction that has delayed implementation of some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, and specifically the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program begun in 2012 and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Program (DAPA) announced in 2014.  DACA and DAPA will allow as many as four million immigrants to apply for deferred action, which, if granted, would allow them to work legally while temporarily protecting them from deportation.  The case, a request for a stay of a previous temporary injunction, was denied by a panel of three judges.  The programs, therefore, remain on hold until any subsequent appeal is resolved, perhaps going all the way to the Supreme Court.

The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez who represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and is the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

“It is disappointing but not unexpected given the make-up of the Fifth Circuit and the panel hearing this preliminary case.  I am confident millions of immigrants will eventually apply for DAPA and DACA, because the law is undeniably on the President’s side, as is public opinion.  Meanwhile, I continue to work with Democrats and others who are preparing immigrant communities for the application process once the legal maneuvering is resolved and the courts reject the arguments of the Republican Governors and Attorneys General.  The longer the court process takes, the harder it is to imagine a Republican candidate remains competitive in a bid for the White House, because increasingly, this will be the defining and decisive 2016 campaign issue.”