Push for Immigration Relief Will Go On

May 26, 2015

Push for Immigration Relief Will Go On

Illinois Immigrants and Organizations Will Continue to Prepare Despite Appeals Court Ruling


(Chicago—May 26, 2015) In response to today’s appellate court denial of the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion to stay the injunction pausing the President's administrative relief programs, the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ICIRR released the following statement:

While we are confident that in the end the President’s executive order will prevail, ICIRR is disappointed with today’s ruling by the three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which serves only to delay needed protections for the thousands of undocumented immigrants with strong ties to this country and who only wish to move forward with their lives. Indeed, helping this hardworking group of immigrants would benefit the nation as well, with the 200,000 immigrants potentially eligible for DAPA and expanded DACA contributing $347 million increase in tax revenues for Illinois over five years if their status were ensured.

This case, brought by a highly partisan group of governors and state attorneys general, is not over. We urge the Justice Department to act quickly on the next steps, including an appeal of today’s decision as well as the pending appeal of the original court order blocking DAPA and expanded DACA that is set for argument in early July.

In the meantime, we urge immigrant families and communities to continue to prepare for immigration relief: stay informed, gather documents, and seek expert advice from lawyers and qualified paralegals at nonprofit organizations. More about DAPA and DACA, including lists of potentially helpful documents and dates and locations of information sessions, can be found at the Illinois is Ready campaign website, www.ilisready.org, and through ICIRR’s Family Support Hotline, 855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (855-435-7693).

Successful implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA will rely on a strong infrastructure engaging organizations based in and trusted by immigrant communities. To this end we remain hopeful that Governor Rauner will preserve funding for immigrant services recognizing that these funds are in fact an investment in immigrant communities which pays off in greater economic growth and tax revenue for our entire state.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.