Congress: Stop Hiding Behind the Courts, Immigrants Need Permanent Protections Now

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released a ruling on Texas v United States against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and sent it back to Judge Hanen in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas to further decide on the fate of the program.

This ruling maintains a stay that will allow for current DACA recipients to continue renewing their applications.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream Action, said:

“It is time for the rubber to meet the road. Congress must finally come through on their promises and take the threat against immigrants seriously.

Today’s DACA decision—alongside the past decades of racist anti-immigrant attacks—is part of the Republican agenda to put millions of people on a path to detention and deportation. While this ruling keeps protections in place for current DACA recipients for now, the case goes back to Judge Hanen who previously ruled against the program.

Right now Democrats have the power to get this done. It’s clear Republicans are only interested in stoking the fires of disinformation and bonding their increasingly small base of advocates over their misinformed xenophobia and limited world-view. Our peace of mind, careers, livelihood, families, safety—continue to be at stake and Democrats must act now.”


United We Dream Action is the leading national network fighting for dignity and justice led by immigrant youth and allies. We are a dynamic community of thousands of immigrant youth nationwide who build independent political power for those directly impacted by injustice. We organize and take action to win victories so that all people can be safe and thrive.