Yesterday, a district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs, announced by President Obama back in November.
The programs were designed to offer relief for many hard-working immigrant families from the threat of deportation. Immigrants and advocates pushed hard for a comprehensive solution to this country’s broken immigrant system. Congress ignored their cries for reform. The president answered with relief for nearly 5 of the 11 million undocumented people in our country.
But back in December, governors and attorneys general from 26 states (led by the state of Texas) sued the government to block the directives. This immoral attempt to stop or slow this application of justice was motivated by GOP lawmakers aggressively pursuing an anti-immigrant agenda.
Since then, 12 states, D.C. and 33 cities (including the largest cities in the nation like Houston) cited a myriad of benefits to the programs.
We at Interfaith Worker Justice will continue to work towards and pray for a legislative fix to our broken immigration system that provides the country's 11 million immigrants with an opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as active and full members of their communities.
We’re hopeful that the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals will reject this lawsuit.