On Day President Obama’s Administrative Relief Actions Would Have Gone Into Effect, FIRM Groups Demand End to Lawsuit Delaying Programs’ Implementation

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 13, 2015Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@cccaction.org, 202.339.9377 Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@cccaction.org, 202.339.9331

WASHINGTON—May 19 marks 180 days since President Obama’s announcement on administrative relief actions. It also marks the day when millions of immigrant families would have been eligible to apply for relief from the President’s programs – but politically motivated litigation has put the program temporarily on hold.

“Instead of submitting their applications for relief, millions of families will instead spend their day in the shadows, in fear of deportation, still fearful of that knock on the door in the middle of the night that could mean they will be indefinitely detained and separated from their families,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

“It is an outrage that hardworking immigrant families are still unable to access these programs because of xenophobic Republicans who are pushing their anti-immigrant agenda – both in Congress and the courts,” said Matos. “The current situation is unacceptable, and a lose-lose one for America. Make no mistake: we will not stop speaking out and advocating for our families so long as our nation’s broken immigration system continues to punish our families.”

Next week, FIRM groups are participating in various events to call attention to the delays in administrative relief and will call on court officials and lawmakers to #Fight4DAPA and #RestoreRelief. For more details, see www.StopSeparatingFamilies.org.