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More DACA Litigation Means More Uncertainty for Dreamers

(Arlington, VA) – Yesterday Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas heard arguments on a request by the State of Texas and others to issue an injunction to terminate the DACA program. Hanen has yet to issue a ruling, but reportedly asked attorneys to provide additional information in the coming days. In the meantime, the D.C. Circuit Court recently ruled that DACA should be reinstated – including acceptance of new applications – beginning on August 23. Further legal action is possible before this date.

The LIBRE Initiative, in partnership with Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, previously launched a seven-figure campaign in support of certainty for the Dreamers and enhanced security at the border.


Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:

“It has been nearly a full year since the order was issued to cancel DACA, and almost six months since the deadline the president gave Congress to act on Dreamer legislation. After all that time, Congress remains unable come together on a balanced bill, leaving a gap resulting in legal uncertainty and conflicting court opinions. Unless something changes, this issue may wind up before the Supreme Court soon – all because many in Washington are treating this as a political issue rather than a problem to be addressed.

The Dreamers are among our best and brightest and should be able to fully plan their lives in the U.S.A. They want nothing more than the certainty that will allow them to build the American Dream, and to contribute more fully to their communities and nation. The American people overwhelmingly support this goal. There’s no reason Congress and the president can’t come together now – and they absolutely should do so. Immigration policy should be reformed in law, not just left to the courts.”

For interviews with a representative from the LIBRE Initiative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 202-805-1581 or Wadi Gaitan, 202-853-4463