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Federal Court Refuses to Allow Implementation of President Obama’s Executive Actions Granting Administrative Relief to Millions

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 9, 2015
Contact: Carlos Vogel, cvogel@cccaction.org (202) 239-2133

FIRM Denounces GOP for Continued Hate-Filled Assault on Families

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) denounced a federal court’s decision today denying the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions to grant administrative relief to millions.

“While we are severely disappointed in the court’s ruling, we are not surprised by it since the lawsuit and this process has been heavily anti-immigration from the outset,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This is only a setback for our families. We will continue to fight for our families all the way to the Supreme Court where we will prevail. We urge the Obama administration to swiftly appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.”

“We will continue to defend President Obama’s executive actions from anti-immigrant politicians who have been waging a hate-filled assault on our families,” Matos added. “We are watching every move anti-immigrant extremists make and we will not forget who stood with us and who was against us.”

On Nov. 20, 2014, millions of immigrant families celebrated when President Obama unveiled his plan for a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. born children and gave crucial updates to the existing DACA program for DREAMers as well as a series of other administrative and enforcement reforms to update the country’s outdated immigration system.

“President Obama’s administrative relief programs would transform the lives of millions of people who came to this country in search of a better life,” Matos said. “That announcement was more than a decade in the making and we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the courts.”

“Women won the right to vote, the labor movement built the middle class, people standing up for civil rights ended Jim Crow, same sex marriage has been sanctioned by the Supreme Court,” Matos said. “We will win justice for all of the undocumented immigrants waiting to become full-fledged citizens.”

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