Congressman Raúl Grijalva says the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 decision to continue blocking
President Obama's 2014 immigration actions is the "politicization of justice, pure and simple."
On Monday evening, the federal court in New Orleans said it supported a lower court's decision to issue a temporary injunction back in February against both programs: an extension of 2012's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA.
Grijalva said in a statement to the media that the decision is "prolonging the agony of countless families suffering in our broken immigration system. Each additional day means more families torn apart, more kids turned away from the only country they've ever called home, and more missed opportunities for our society as we reject talented and hardworking people for no good reason at all."
The matter is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Obama administration announced today it plans to appeal the 5th Circuit Court ruling from last night. "And I urge the justices to act swiftly and justly to protect the men, women and children that are counting on them," Grijalva's statement says.
Both of the reliefs were issued by Obama on Nov. 20, 2014, and could affect roughly 5 million undocumented people in the country.
DAPA would grant parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children (and who have no criminal record) a renewable three-year work permit and temporary deportation relief.
DACA II is an extension of Obama's 2012 DACA, which allows for undocumented immigrants brought here as children to apply for a two-year work permit and remain in the country. Extended DACA got rid of the age restrictions (with DACA I, the person has to be under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012 and have arrived to the U.S. before turning 16) and extended the renewable work permission to three years.