Steve McFarland (English & Spanish), Long Island Civic Engagement Table, firstname.lastname@example.org; 516-366-0259
Walter Barrientos (English & Spanish), Make the Road NY, email@example.com; 631-671-8208
LI Immigrants, Allies Are Confident US Fifth Court of Appeals Will Reject Politically-Motivated Lawsuit
Undeterred by political attacks, Long Island immigrants continue to prepare for new immigration programs and organize to keep families together
LONG ISLAND — Today, Long Island immigrant families are undeterred by a preliminary injunction issued by a George W. Bush appointed federal judge in Texas, putting a temporary hold on President Obama's deferred action program aimed to bring safety and security to million of working immigrant families.
Immigrants and advocates, who are confident the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will reject the politically-motivated lawsuit, are urging the Circuit Court to act swiftly. The legality of executive actions such as the President's Deferred Action programs has been repeatedly upheld and immigrants continue preparations for the program as they await the Circuit Court's decision on a program which would keep families safe from deportation while they work and live in their communities, including thousands of immigrants across Long Island.
Lucrecia Muñoz, a Westbury parent and member of Make the Road New York, said "The judge's decision affects the integrity of many families in our community. It affects our health, our economy – because people want to take care of their families, want to find work, and they are trying to destroy our families. We are ready for the expanded program President Obama has promised, and for the higher court to follow the law and allow the program to proceed."
“Immigrants on Long Island are moving forward regardless of today’s ruling, and will continue getting ready for the deferred action programs that will give tens of thousands of Long Islanders the chance to live, work, and stay in America with their families,” said Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Executive Director of Long Island Wins.
Patrick Young, Program Director of the Central American Refugee Center, said, "The decision by a conservative judge to block immigration relief for DREAMs just a day before the new program was to go into effect was cruel and disruptive. The DREAMs of hundreds of thousands of young people are being held hostage by a politically driven agenda"
Gabriela Castillo, Immigration Attorney for SEPA Mujer, said, "We are disappointed with the ruling that will block executive actions on immigration from moving forward, but we are confident and optimistic that the injunction will be lifted and the programs allowed to move forward. Lawsuits challenging the executive branch’s authority on immigration are nothing more than political play by his opponents and we are looking forward to seeing a reversal to this preliminary injunction."
Jobs with Justice Long Island organizer Victoria Daza said, "The Texas injunction against Deferred Action is an assault on the rights of thousands of workers and students who have trusted the federal government with their immigration information. We urge the president to take action and protect the Deferred Action Program."
Sister Rosalie Carven, of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, added, "The Sisters of St. Joseph want to be on record that we support the President's Executive Relief under DACA and DAPA initiatives and we hope that there will be action to reverse the injunction that came down in Texas. Our message is: We cannot turn out backs on the value of compassion for children and families. Protecting them is a humane imperative and a deeply-held American value. This must remain the driving force behind support for relief from deportation for children and their parents."