Rep. Gutiérrez on Fifth Circuit Ruling and Expected Supreme Court Appeal

“The law and common sense are so clearly on the President’s side that it is only a matter of time before these deferred action programs are fully implemented.”

Washington, DC –-(ENEWSPF)–November 10, 2015.  On Monday, in a 2-1 ruling, a panel of three judges upheld a lower court’s temporary injunction stalling implementation of President Obama’s two deferred action programs granting relief to certain immigrants with deep ties to the United States.  The President announced an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) in November 2014 after Republicans in the House blocked bipartisan immigration reform.  As many as 5 million people will be able to apply for protection under deferred action once the temporary injunction is struck down.  In all likelihood, the case is now headed to the Supreme Court, which could act sometime next year.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) played a key role in advocating for immigration reform legislation and for the President’s executive actions once Congress failed to act.  The following is a statement by Rep. Gutiérrez:

The Supreme Court is on the clock and millions of American families are waiting.  Whatever else the Obama Administration is working on today, I hope they are immediately appealing this decision to the Supreme Court so that we have swift resolution.  In the meantime, how the United States prioritizes deportations is already protecting millions of families from being ripped apart by preventing the deportation of people with no criminal record and deep roots in the U.S.  This will continue with or without a ruling from the Supreme Court. 

The foot dragging of the lower courts to try and run out the clock has delayed justice, but the law and common sense are so clearly on the President’s side that it is only a matter of time before these deferred action programs are fully implemented.  As a country, we want millions of people who have lived here a long time to pay fees, submit to criminal background checks, and register with the government, and that will happen eventually, hopefully by next summer.  Individuals want to protect themselves and their families from deportation, and as a nation, we need to get beyond the charade of mass deportation policies that waste time and money and injure real lives, but do not get us any closer to the rule of law.

Source: www.gutierrez.house.gov