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The Wait to Implement the Executive Action on Immigration Just Got Longer

The Wait to Implement the Executive Action on Immigration Just Got Longer

In a much-anticipated court ruling on Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled not to lift the injunction from a lower court on President Obama’s signature executive action on immigration. This ruling means that, until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the case, the Obama administration cannot move forward with plans to implement reforms to the Department of Homeland Security, such as the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program that is expected to provide relief from deportation for over four million undocumented people.

The mechanics behind the ruling are complicated, and you can read more on how the court ruled here, but it essentially prevents DAPA and other reforms from going into effect until the Fifth Circuit hands down a decision on the merits of the case. The Court isn’t anticipated to rule on the case until July, and the legal battle could even drag on into 2017. With this setback, the Obama administration is considering what their next course of action will be.

As the reaction from the ruling starts to unfold, we think of the millions of American families who have to remain in the shadows for now even more months as the Fifth Circuit considers this case. We particularly have in mind the undocumented immigrants we’ve worked with through the Rabbis Organizing Rabbis’ Deportation Defense initiative. For many of the people whom we’ve helped remain in the country, people like Luis Lopez Acabal, a hard-working father (whose children are American citizens) in Arizona, they stand to gain a work permit under DAPA and finally feel safe going about their daily lives. We thought in November, as we watched President Obama announce his executive action, that such a day would come soon, but now, over six months later, that day appears even farther off.

Published: 5/27/2015

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