Immigrant RightsPress Release

Get It Done in 2016

By November 10, 2015 No Comments

For Immediate Release
November 10, 2015

Contact:
CALIFORNIA: Healy Ko, healy@krcla.org
ILLINOIS: Nayoung Ha, nayoung@chicagokrcc.org
VIRGINIA/NATIONAL: Emily Kessel, eakessel@nakasec.org

Get It Done in 2016: No more politics. Immigrant families urge Supreme Court to make pro-immigrant, pro-family decision on DACA+ and DAPA

Washington DC — Last night, on November 9, in a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction temporarily blocking President Obama’s deferred action initiatives announced in November 2014, which included the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. These deferred action programs would have provided five million immigrants, nearly half a million of whom are Asian American, with three years protection from deportation and a temporary work permit. The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), and Korean Resource Center (KRC), along with partners across the country now urge the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case and yield a pro-immigrant, pro-family decision within the current court calendar.

Dae Joong Yoon, Executive Director of NAKASEC, Inhe Choi, Executive Director of KRCC, and Jenny Seon, Interim Executive Director of KRC, shared the following statement: “Though we are deeply disappointed by the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision, this result is not unexpected. We now urge the Supreme Court to put this case in its calendar as soon as possible. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will make a swift decision and get this done in 2016.

As we prepare to engage hundreds of thousands of potential Asian American voters and approach the one-year anniversary of the President’s announcement on DAPA and expanded DACA, we remain committed to holding our elected leaders, including the presidential candidates, accountable for their words and actions that impact the lives of our immigrant families.”

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