As you've probably heard by now, a judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction last night to halt some of the President's executive actions on immigration. Specifically, the injunction blocks the government from moving forward on the implementation of DAPA and the expansion of DACA--the deportation relief programs that would allow qualified immigrants to apply for a three-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.
While we are disheartened by the injunction, we are not discouraged. This is the ruling we were expecting, as the anti-immigrant judge in Texas was handpicked by the plaintiffs because his opinions on immigration are so far outside of the legal mainstream. Today's ruling is not the end of DACA and DAPA, but it is a delay until a higher court overturns the injunction and allows the programs to be implemented. We will keep you informed as the legal process unfolds. In the meantime, here's a helpful summary of the lawsuit and injunction, and you can read our statement to the press in English and Spanish.
Whether there's a delay of weeks or months, we remain confident that the relief that we have fought so hard for will become a reality for the 50,000 eligible families in Tennessee. Since the announcement of the new programs on November 20th, we've already reached nearly 10,000 people through our information sessions and we will continue the important work of readying our communities to apply, no matter how long the injunction lasts.
Finally, it's important to remember that despite today's ruling, we are winning. We won an historic victory when the President made his announcement last November, and our opponents are grasping at straws to try to undermine that victory. We will defeat this legal challenge, and we will continue our work for a more permanent reform and greater relief for immigrant families. President Obama's executive actions reaffirmed our belief that when we organize, we can win big and transform our communities--and we will!
All the best,