WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to maintain an injunction on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) Arrivals program:
“This upsetting decision by the Fifth Circuit is yet another setback for our dysfunctional immigration system.
“DAPA and the expansion of DACA would have allowed many families to come out of the shadows. Separating hard-working immigrant families from their loved ones and DREAMERS from the only country they’ve ever known hurts our country and leaves our families, businesses and economy hanging in the balance.
“President Obama’s executive actions followed precedents set in the last 50 years by Presidents from both parties. The battle to fix our broken immigration system now seems to be on a course to the Supreme Court. America deserves a fair and just immigration system.
“Blocking comprehensive immigration reform stunts America’s progress. We cannot rely on the courts to correct this injustice. Congress must take action to pass comprehensive immigration reform and voters must make their voices heard at the ballot box.”
The Obama Administration has appealed this decision to the US SupremeC ourt.