A.G. Schneiderman Urges Federal Court To Defend President's Authority To Take Executive Action On Immigration

New York Joins 12 States And District Of Columbia In Fighting Challenge From Texas, Other States

Schneiderman: President Obama’s Order Gives Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants The Opportunity To Come Out Of The Shadows

NEW YORK – Attorney General T. Eric Schneiderman today announced that he had joined a coalition of states in filing an amicus brief in a federal court in Texas supporting the Obama Administration’s recent executive action on immigration policy. It is estimated that the president’s executive action will impact an estimated five million individuals, by expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years. In addition, the new executive order will allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks. In addition, the order will expand the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens

“President’s Obama Executive Order has given millions of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to come out of the shadows and stop living in fear,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “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 given relief from the threat of seeing a parent deported.”

The brief was filed in Texas v. United States, a legal challenge by Texas and other states to the President’s authority to take executive action on immigration. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, January 15. The Washington State Attorney’s General Office authored the brief, which was joined by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

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