HIAS Pennsylvania Stands in Support of Expanded Protection for Childhood Arrivals

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Request by Department of Justice to Implement Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


In February, 2015, Judge Andrew Hansen issued an injunction to stop the implementation of President Obama’s program that would protect immigrants who arrived as children and parents of U.S. citizens from deportation. On May 26th, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refused to issue an emergency stay that would halt the injunction. The case now continues to a full hearing where the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will consider the authority of the President to implement humanitarian and sensible immigration programs.

HIAS PA agrees with the Department of Justice and many legal scholars and experts that the President has the authority to take executive action to provide relief to immigrants. In 1987 and again in 1990, Presidents Reagan and Bush used their executive authority to prevent the deportation of more than 1.5 million children and spouses. 

Despite these precedents, President Obama’s proposals are being aggressively attacked, creating insecurity and uncertainty in immigrant families.

HIAS PA joins with immigrant communities and allies around the country who will continue to work for an immigration system that is fair, just and keeps families together.  



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