New Jersey Advocates React to Fifth Circuit Court Decision Against President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

The faith of about 200,000 New Jerseyans are in limbo as a result of this decision

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

Contact: Marlene Peralta, 646.601.4267

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice is expressing disappointment about the Fifth Circuit Court decision because it delays even more the much needed relief to hard working families at risk of getting separated by unjust immigration policies.

New Jersey is home to over 400,000 undocumented immigrants and at least half would qualify for the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Resident (DAPA) and extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“We are extremely disappointed and worried about the Court’s decision. This is a mistake that puts 4 in 10 undocumented New Jerseans at risk of deportation. We are talking about parents, sisters, farmers, business owners”, said Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator at the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. 

“There is no justification for this delay. For too long Congress has failed to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform leaving the President no choice but to use his executive power to find alternative solutions to protect millions of families. We are confident that President Obama will appeal the decision. Our organization will also continue to organize and fight for fair policies for our immigrant communities,” she added.