Long Island Focus On Opportunity as DOJ Appeals Immigration Ruling by District Judge in Texas
February 24, 2015
by Mike Clifford
NEW YORK – The Department of Justice filed an appeal Monday in an effort to restart President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration.
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins, says the filing asks the Fifth Circuit court to overturn last week’s ruling by a district judge in Texas that blocks two programs from taking effect – Deferred Action on Deportation for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
“If this is granted, the government could restart the DACA and the DAPA programs,” says Slutsky. “Anywhere from 35,000 to a potential 70,000 undocumented immigrants could benefit from these programs.”
Twenty-six states contend Obama’s action is unconstitutional and say it places a financial burden on states. Slutsky says the court has until Wednesday to rule on whether to grant a stay, which could allow the program to restart immediately, pending the appeal.
“We want to identify those opportunities and build strategies to make the most of those opportunities, so Long Island is a very inclusive and integrated community,” says Slutsky.
She adds the legal fight will continue, even if the stay is denied.
“We are going to continue to fight for administrative relief,” she says. “We are encouraging the immigrant community to continue to prepare to apply.”
Slutsky says the summit will also offer consumer advice to help protect undocumented Long Islanders from legal scams that make unfounded promises about getting them documentation.
PHOTO: The Obama administration filed an appeal Monday to restart the president’s executive action on immigration, a move advocates say could help about 70,000 undocumented Long Islanders. Photo courtesy of the White House.
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