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Reactions: 5th Circuit ruling against immigrant families


Anu Joshi • May 29, 2015

On May 26, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court disappointingly denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of the Texas federal district court’s decision that blocked DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and “expanded” DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from being implemented.

FifthCircuit-thumb-640xauto-9653This delay continues to withhold relief from millions of immigrant families, but it is by no means the end of the line for the implementation of the President’s Executive Action.

The organized anti-immigrant movement, which played a large part in organizing and supporting the lawsuit, and the movement’s allies holding elected office, reacted quickly with praise for the Court’s decision.

NumbersUSA claimed: “Another victory: Court of appeals rejects White House emergency request to lift injunction on executive amnesty.”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) president, Dan Stein commented: “The majority ruling affirms FAIR’s long-held contention that the Obama administration’s actions represent an abdication of the federal government’s responsibility to faithfully carry out our nation’s immigration laws and that those policies directly harm state and local governments.”

VDARE, a hate website that regularly publishes articles by prominent white nationalists, race scientists and anti-Semites, unsurprisingly, was over the moon: “Patriots should cheer the ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented an injunction on Obama’s unilateral amnesty from being lifted.”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, based his attack on the Constitution: “By acting unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws, President Obama has disregarded the will of the American people and violated the Constitution. Such lawlessness must be stopped so that we preserve the separation of powers in the Constitution and protect individual liberty.”

On the other side of the coin, Hillary Clinton posted a Tweet expressing her disagreement with the decision:

hillary tweet on 5th circuit

And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) commented: “I disagree with the court’s decision not to lift the injunction on this political lawsuit that is denying millions of parents and DREAMers the chance to come out of the shadows and stay in the United States with their families. This decision only delays the inevitable and prolongs the suffering of immigrant families in Nevada and across the country.”

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