UFW and UFW Foundation reassure immigrants preparing for administrative relief despite Texas judge’s injunction
Following a Texas judge’s injunction temporarily blocking President Obama's executive order on immigration, the United Farm Workers and UFW Foundation remain confident the President will prevail in the courts and encourage hard working immigrants to remain optimist and continue preparing to be ready when administrative relief becomes available.
The UFW and UFW Foundation vow to continue battling for administrative action protecting immigrants, to keep pushing for an enactment by Congress of comprehensive immigration reform legislation and to carry on with weekly sessions providing the undocumented with vital information despite the delay caused by the federal court in Brownsville.
Acting on a lawsuit filed by a number of Republican attorney generals, Texas U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the expansion of DACA as well as the new DAPA program letting other immigrants also apply for protection from deportation. The Obama administration is acting quickly to appeal the judge’s decision. Expansion of the DACA program, which was to be launched on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, has been put on hold. It is important to note that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that "The court’s order does not affect the existing DACA [program]. Individuals may continue to come forward and request initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA pursuant to the guidelines established in 2012."
“We feel this lawsuit is another example of the Republicans’ effort to intimidate and scare off the undocumented community from coming forward, registering and applying for work permits,” says UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez. “These anti-immigrant politicians can’t reverse the President’s executive action, a victory won as a result of years of UFW activism in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform through marches, demonstrations, lobbying and meetings with President Obama and White House officials.”
The UFW views President Obama's executive order as the first concrete step toward fixing the nation’s broken immigration system.
“We urge Republicans to abandon their political games that hurt millions of hard-working, taxpaying immigrants and their families, and help us finish the job by passing legislation such as the comprehensive reform bill that was approved by the Senate on a bipartisan vote in June 2013,” Rodriguez said. Similar compromise proposals, negotiated by the UFW and the nation's major agricultural employer associations, have passed the U.S. Senate multiple times over the last decade. The same proposal has won majority support in the House of Representatives, even though House GOP leaders have refused to permit a vote on the measure. “The UFW will not rest until the President's deferred relief is enacted and a permanent immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants, is signed into law.”
The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing Judge Hanen’s decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Texas judge’s order is a temporary setback and only the first round in a long, legal battle, the UFW observes. “In any case, we are confident that our immigrant families will win in the end,” Rodriguez added....More