FIRMA: Devastating Fifth Circuit DACA Decision Leaves Lives in Limbo

by Domenica Ghanem | October 5, 2022 7:19 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 05, 2022

 

CONTACT: Alondra Trevizo, [email protected]

 

Devastating Fifth Circuit DACA Decision Leaves Lives in Limbo

Current DACA recipients remain unaffected for now

 

In 2021, a federal district court judge in Texas overturned the lawfulness of the DACA program, which was created through an executive order from President Obama in 2012 and provides temporary legal status to immigrants brought to the United States as children. Today, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Texas has ruled the program unlawful, while also remanding the case back to the federal court in Texas for further consideration of the newly promulgated DACA regulation. The Fifth Circuit also keeps in place the stay that has protected current DACA recipients from losing their status since the lower court first ruled; however, the future of the program remains at risk. 

 

Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) and Co-Chair of FIRM Action Andy Kang said:

“This decision is devastating as DACA recipients’ futures remain in limbo while this case continues to wind back and forth between the courts. The weaponizing of the courts against DACA has driven much of the uncertainty for DACA holders for nearly the last 5 years, on top of the racist and xenophobic injustices fueled by Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need for permanent protections and to keep families together. There is nothing more American than fighting for a dream–we will not stop until all who call the United States home experience safety and security.”

Executive Director of Arkansas United and Co-Chair of FIRM Action Mireya Reith said:

“Today’s decision is a disappointing setback for our communities. After more than a decade of immigrant youth organizing and fighting to win DACA, the promise of protection has allowed our community to have children, steady employment, educational advancements, homeownership, and more. These are real lives that are being impacted. While the stay will continue to protect current DACA recipients, no one should be living from court decision to court decision. Ending DACA would have a devastating impact on DACA holders and all of our families, employers, and communities. This fight is far from over. Our communities and our economy deserve permanent protections and an immigration system that values the safety, security, and potential of us all.” 

 

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