CCA: DACA Fifth Circuit Decision Takes Us Backwards on Immigration
by Domenica Ghanem | October 5, 2022 7:18 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 05, 2022
National contact: Alondra Trevizo
DACA Fifth Circuit Decision Takes Us Backwards on Immigration
Current DACA holders do not lose their status for now
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in State of Texas v. USA, ruling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful, but remands the case back to the lower court for further consideration of the newly promulgated USCIS regulation on DACA. The Fifth Circuit also keeps in place the stay that has protected current DACA recipients from losing their status since the lower court first held DACA unlawful.
Co-President of Community Change Action Lorella Praeli said the following in response:
“Today’s decision is the outcome of a decade-long Republican effort to end the widely popular DACA program. DACA has provided protection from detention and deportation for more than 800,000 young people over the past 10 years. Those people built careers and communities, became parents and caregivers for their own parents, and rooted their lives in the United States thanks to doors of possibility that DACA opened for them. The Fifth Circuit decision jeopardizes it all – forcing hundreds of thousands of young people and their families to plan for an uncertain future, including possible deportation from the only country they call home. With the latest remand to the lower court, DACA recipients continue to live their lives from court decision to court decision, which is no way for anyone to thrive in this country.
“We’ve always known that DACA isn’t enough. The Fifth Circuit’s decision is our latest confirmation and makes Congressional action as urgent as ever. It is long past time for the House and Senate to provide permanent relief by passing citizenship legislation for the 11 million. It’s the right thing to do and it’s supported by the majority of voters. We will never stop fighting for laws and policies to ensure the freedom and security of all our communities.”