Appleseed statement on Texas v. U.S. immigration case ruling

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Immigration-128For Immediate Release
February 17, 2015

Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289

Community advocates to keep fighting for Nebraska families after Texas v. U.S. ruling 

Monday night, a federal judge in Texas went outside the legal mainstream and issued a temporary injunction in the case of Texas v. U.S. The ruling means that this lawsuit filed by 25 states – including Nebraska – opposing the President’s administrative relief DACA and DAPA policies could move forward.

This ruling is only a first step in a long legal process that will include an appeal by the federal government. Many legal scholars have carefully examined the President’s policy and determined that it followed federal law, precedent, and long-standing practices. However, for the time being, the Texas ruling will likely delay the start dates of expanded deferred action programs for eligible DREAMers and parents of U.S.-citizen children until the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can consider a motion to stay the injunction.

“We know this ruling is temporary, and we are confident that higher courts will ultimately uphold the President’s important decision to take a small first step in creating a measure of stability for millions of families,” said Darcy Tromanhauser, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director.

“What we would like to see instead of unproductive lawsuits like this,” Tromanhauser said, “is energy in Congress to move our immigration system forward, not backwards, by creating updated laws that keep Nebraska families together and create strong communities for us all.”

Immigrant Nebraskans and other community members are moving forward with preparations  regardless of the temporary ruling and will continue getting ready for the deferred action programs that will give thousands of Nebraskans the chance to stay with their families and continue contributing to their communities.

As recently as 2012 in Arizona v. United States (the case involving Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law, SB 1070), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the federal government had complete authority to establish deportation priorities. The President’s immigration action is in line with what the Supreme Court has already stated.

It is clear that the President has the legal authority — and the moral responsibility — to take this important first step to fix our outdated immigration system.

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