--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
NEW YORK, NY -- The Arab American Association of New York is disheartened by the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to deny emergency stay in the anti-immigrant lawsuit, Texas v. United States of America. The Department of Justice had previously asked the Court to lift the stay so that administrative relief for immigrants could move forward as the litigation process continued in the court. However, the Fifth Circuit denied this request; therefore continuing the delay on administrative relief implementation through DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) until the next round of appeals. Although this is disappointing news, this event should have no implication for how the court will rule next month on the lawsuit. The Arab American Association of New York joins thousands of community organizations, legal scholars and public officials in calling for the courts to immediately lift the injunction that is keeping our families in limbo, stifling our nation’s economic potential, and perpetuating the status quo of a broken immigration system.We need our elected officials to work toward real solutions and to stop blocking five million immigrant workers and DREAMers from having a chance to temporarily work, study and live in the United States without fear of deportation and separation.