FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21st, 2015
Contact: Jose Ramirez
Phone: (832) 457-2808
ELECTED OFFICIALS AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY DECRY DEFERRED ACTION DELAY
Millions of immigrant families hang in the balance
Austin — Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and representatives from Workers Defense Project (WDP) spoke at a press conference today to decry the recent injunction issued against President Obama’s deferred action programs.
“This ruling is a politically motivated, mean-spirited attack on hardworking people and their families. This ruling will affect my own family and my six-year-old sister could be left without a mother in the absence of deportation relief. Our families deserve better and Texas Governor Greg Abbott needs to be held accountable for tearing families apart,” said Cristina Tzintzún, Executive Director of Workers Defense Project.
With the second largest population of undocumented immigrants in the country, Texas stands to benefit from these deferred action programs. Here in Austin, elected officials know that communities need relief from the fear of deportation. “Immigrant families are a part of our community and a part of the fabric of the City of Austin. As Mayor, I will work to ensure that they feel safe and secure here,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
“This incredible, last-minute judicial overreach unfairly heightens uncertainty for young people, many of whom know no country but America, and all of whom have much to contribute,” said Rep. Doggett. “The President’s power to set immigration priorities, as exercised by prior Presidents, should ultimately be upheld. We are urging neighbors to complete their immigration applications for filing as soon as the temporary injunction is lifted.”
After the press conference, immigrant families held a rally at the State Capitol, calling on Governor Abbott to protect the immigrants that contribute so much to the state. “With this lawsuit, Governor Abbott is destroying our opportunity to work without fear and the possibility to build a better future with our families,” said Adriana Ramirez, an undocumented mother of five who qualifies for DAPA. Immigrant families left a broken heart at the governor’s mansion.
Workers Defense Project is a membership-based nonprofit winning better working conditions for low-wage Texas workers.