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Post date: May 26 2015

Statement From A.G. General Schneiderman On Refusal Of Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals To Move President’s Executive Immigration Actions Forward

Schneiderman: President’s Obama Executive Actions Would Provide Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants The Opportunity To Come Out Of The Shadows

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following statement in response to today’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, denying the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay in Texas v. United States, a legal challenge by Texas and other states to the President’s authority to take executive action on immigration.  The Attorney General joined Attorney Generals from 13 other states and the District of Columbia in an amicus brief supporting the federal government’s request that the court lift the injunction so that the President’s program can proceed nationwide.  Alternatively, the brief argued for a narrow preliminary injunction that would be limited to Texas, as it is the only state that the district court found would be directly harmed by the deferred action program. 

“President Obama’s executive immigration actions would help address our broken immigration system and provide millions of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to come out of the shadows and stop living in fear,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I am disappointed in the Fifth Circuit’s denial of our request for a stay in this case.  The implications for New Yorkers could not be clearer.  By giving work authorization to people who are already living here, we can increase the states’ tax revenue and reduce demand for social services. And states benefit immeasurably when thousands of their citizens and legal residents are provided relief from the threat of seeing a parent deported.  States and immigrant communities have waited long enough for relief and today’s denial of a request for a stay leaves New Yorkers in a state of limbo.”