Las Americas Response to Judge Hanen’s Order of Temporary Injunction
El Paso, TX- February 17, 2015- U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s Order of Temporary Injunction is a disgraceful action taken by the court. In what seems like a purely politically motivated response that lacks sound legal reasoning, Judge Hanen has created apprehension, fear, and confusion for millions of immigrant families who were already in the process of preparing to move forward with their applications for Deferred Action.
The El Paso – Las Cruces community of immigration providers has been working since November to educate our immigrant community about the benefits of this type of deferred action, eligibility requirements, and notario fraud (unlicensed practice of law).
Las Americas will move forward with already planned community presentations during which we will address this new hurdle. It is important to understand that this barrier is temporary. The Department of Justice has already announced an intent to appeal Judge Hanen’s decision. Some reports suggest that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals could hear this case en banc in a few weeks, while others estimate that arguments could come as late as July or August.
This brief detour should be viewed as a delay and not a complete dissolution of the expanded benefits that were announced for immigrant children and families on November 20, 2014. It is also important to note that the DACA program as originally announced will continue; only the DAPA program and the DACA expansion were targeted by this injunction.
If you believe you may be eligible for these benefits or would like more information please join us for our DACA/DAPA workshop on March 7, 2015 starting at 10:00am. We will address any updates to this injunction and advise people accordingly.
Additionally, Las Americas accepts walk-ins on the 3rd Thursdays of every month from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis at 1500 E. Yandell in El Paso, TX 79902. Telephone: 915-544-5126