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5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Leaves Immigrant Families in Limbo

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@cccaction.org, W: 202.339.9377, C: 305.968.7542
Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org, 202.339.9331

Immigrant Rights Groups Vow to Keep Fighting to Keep Families Together 

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) strongly denounced the ruling from a three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denying the Justice Department’s request to lift an injunction and allow the administrative relief programs President Obama announced last year to move forward.

“This ruling is an affront for our immigrant families,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “From the beginning, this lawsuit has been part of the ongoing anti-immigrant attacks against hardworking immigrants led by the extreme right.”

“This is a temporary setback, but one that we do not take lightly,” said Matos. “Our families are tired of waiting, and they are tired of living in fear. If anything, this ruling has made us even more determined than ever to continue the fight. Our movement will continue to fearlessly escalate so our voices are heard during this fight. We will push aggressively and vigorously until we prevail. Our families deserve to work and live in this country they contribute to every day and call home. They deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect that this decision does not show.”

“We know the law is on our side, as are the majority of Americans who support the President’s actions. This may be a bump on the road, but we will not give up until we prevail,” said Matos.

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