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Contact: Salvador Sarmiento, NDLON, 202-746-2099,

March 12, 2015

NDLON Reacts to DOJ Appeal of Texas Decision Enjoining DAPA, Calls on Obama Administration to Rein in Deportation Machine While Legal Case Works its Way Through Court

(Washington, DC)–In response to the US Department of Justice’s appeal to the Fifth Circuit to lift a the Texas District Court Judge’s Injunction of the DAPA Program.

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued this statement:

“Neither delays in court nor the rabidly xenophobic Republican Congress should deter President Obama from taking additional steps immediately to minimize the unnecessary suffering caused the United States’ unjust and outdated immigration policy. In the meantime, immigrants must continue organizing in self-defense and in pursuit of full equality.”

Jessica Karp Bansal, Litigation Director of the NDLON issued the following statement:

“The Obama Administration must take additional steps to protect hard-working immigrant families and workers from deportation while this case works its way through the system. It can start by ending the failed practice of mining the local criminal justice system for deportations in order to meet its ill-conceived and self-imposed quota.

“Unfortunately, the Administration’s new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is starting to remind a lot of people of the notorious S-COMM, which DHS itself now acknowledges was plagued by opacity and confusion. Without complete transparency and accountability for PEP–which so far has been entirely lacking–we are concerned that it, too, will become a dangerous dragnet that undermines the purposes of DAPA and unnecessarily perpetuates the pain caused by our broken immigration system.”


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