This morning in New Orleans the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held an important hearing in the Texas v. United States case.
Today’s hearing focused on the federal government’s emergency request to allow the government to implement President Obama’s DAPA and expanded DACA initiatives while the case proceeds. If this request is granted, DAPA and expanded DACA will be able to move forward as soon as the government is ready. The Fifth Circuit could issue a decision as soon as next week.
Outside of the courtroom, hundreds of immigrants and their allies rallied in support of the DAPA and DACA programs. Our message was clear: We need to protect DAPA and DACA in the courts, but we also need to push for policies to keep families together. Immigrants came from across the U.S. to remind all Americans that policies like DAPA and DACA are good for our communities and good for the economy. We need to implement these fixes to our immigration system now.
Yesterday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune published a powerful op-ed by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell about the importance of keeping our communities safe and protecting the president’s immigration initiatives.
Today’s hearing and the court’s eventual decision on the government’s request, while important, comprise only one more step in the fight to obtain justice for our families. We are confident that these two initiatives will be implemented and that millions of our brothers and sisters will eventually be more fully integrated into their communities. In the meantime, those who qualify for DAPA and expanded DACA should continue to prepare to apply as soon as the application process is available.
And we all should continue to take a stand, both for these initiatives and for other policies that make our families and communities stronger.