FIRM Applauds the Obama Administration and 14 States Fighting Back Against Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 12, 2015Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas,, 202.339.9377 Donna De La Cruz, 202.339.9331

Department of Justice Files Emergency Motion to Move Forward Programs Provided Under Administrative Relief

WASHINGTON—Responding to a Texas judge’s ruling to halt implementation of administrative relief for immigrant families, the Department of Justice today filed an emergency motion to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to continue work on the programs. This motion was supported by an amicus brief filed by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris of California and the Attorneys General from 14 states and the District of Columbia this afternoon.

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) celebrates the administration and the states’ efforts to stand by President Obama’s executive action and continue to fight for immigrant families.

“We are heartened to see the Administration continuing to fight to keep families together. The district court’s order preventing the implementation of DACA and DAPA is wrong, immoral and a glaring assault on immigrant families that urgently need relief,” added Matos.

“Our organizations will continue to fight for our families. We strongly support the Department of Justice’s efforts to defend the President’s action. We will also not forget the Republicans’ comprehensive efforts, infiltrating even our courts, to push their anti-immigrant agenda,” said Matos.


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