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HNBA Condemns 5th Circuit Court Decision to Block Deportation Relief for Millions of Immigrant Families
Appeals court ruling preserves temporary injunction to President’s DAPA and expanded DAPA programs
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Hispanic National Bar Association issued the following statement after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision to temporarily block implementation of President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. The injunction prohibits the Administration from expanding on the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and establishing the the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program:
“It is a travesty that the Fifth Circuit did not take into consideration the harm caused to millions of families because of this delay,” said HNBA National President Robert T. Maldonado. “These families continue to live and work in the shadows without the basic protections that could be afforded them. Our hearts go out to them. I have faith that in the end justice will prevail, and the Obama Administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court to allow for the implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA will prove successful. When it does, it will be a victory for our economy, our values and most importantly, our families. Until then, we will continue the fight."
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.