FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TEXAS JUDGE RULES AGAINST IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
Temporary deportation relief denied to millions of immigrant families
WASHINGTON—A federal district court in Texas handed down a decision today in the 26 state lawsuit Texas, et al. v. United States. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen, who is known for making anti-immigrant statements, made his decision on this nativist lawsuit against the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last November. Karla Vargas, Employment and Legal Services Director at Workers Defense Project released the following statement:
“Today’s ruling highlights the need for comprehensive immigration reform. The temporary setback caused by this federal lawsuit, spearheaded by Texas Governor and former Attorney General Greg Abbott, leaves millions of immigrant families at risk of being torn apart. As Governor, Abbott must be responsive to the needs of immigrant families and the critical role they play in our state’s economy.
Over 60% of Texans want comprehensive immigration reform, and by delaying the deferred action provided by President Obama’s executive action, Governor Abbott is standing on the wrong side of history.
Despite the ruling, Workers Defense Project will continue to inform the community about how to prepare for expanded relief under DACA and DAPA and stands ready to assist individuals with their cases as we have the green light to move forward. Workers Defense Project will continue to fight with immigrant families to win a long-lasting solution to our broken immigration system.”
Executive Director, Cristina Tzintzún, describes the devastating impact of this ruling on millions of families, including her own: “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 Texas families apart.”
Workers Defense Project is a statewide, membership-based organization fighting for better working conditions for low wage workers.