***For Immediate Release***
November 10, 2015
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Circuit Court of Appeals decision continues to harm Nebraska families and communities
Court ruling out-of-step with past legal precedents. Supreme Court appeal expected.
LINCOLN — Today, Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities Director Darcy Tromanhauser issued the following statement on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 decision to continue to temporarily block the President’s administrative relief programs for those who would qualify for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The original DACA program is not a part of this case and is unaffected by this ruling.
“We are confident the President’s temporary administrative relief program to keep families together is on solid legal ground and will be upheld at the end of the legal process,” Tromanhauser said. “Today’s ruling is inconsistent with past precedents and we hope it will be swiftly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“In the meantime, the court’s flawed decision continues to extract a real human cost from thousands of Nebraska families and immigrant Nebraskans with strong ties to our state and our country.”
Helping this group of hard-working immigrants to remain with their families and continue contributing to our country not only is the right moral choice, but it also has enormous benefits to the local, state, and national economy. A recent study found with full implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA, Nebraska would gain an additional $3.3 million a year in tax revenue beyond the $44 million undocumented immigrants currently pay in taxes each year in Nebraska.
“Hardworking families continue to live in fear of separation and our communities cannot live up to their potential because of decades-old immigration laws that Congress has failed to update,” Tromanhauser said. “This ruling prevents the stability that would have been created by these temporary programs – as well as significant economic and social contributions to our state – while we wait for Congress to take action.”
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