Immigrant rights leader blasts court ruling on Deferred Action for undocumented
Los Angeles, CA – In a two to one decision, The federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) will be delayed while an anti-immigrant challenge from Texas state government and others continues to move thorough the court system. These measures would have provided some relief to about 5 million (of the 11 million) undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Long time Los Angeles immigrant rights leader Carlos Montes blasted the decision, stating, “This court ruling is another attack against immigrants – primarily Latinos – that will cause more suffering with detentions and deportations. We will intensify our fight by taking the struggle to the streets to pressure the U.S. courts and President Obama to expand deferred action for all. We will continue the campaign for legalization for all. Our ultimate goal is equality.”