NJPP Joins More Than 150 Groups in Amicus Brief Supporting President Obama’s Immigration Actions


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New Jersey Policy Perspective Joins More Than 150 Groups in Amicus Brief Supporting President Obama’s Immigration Actions

Brief Filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Asks Court to Lift Block on Expanded DACA and DAPA

President Obama’s immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization and would improve the nation’s economy and society, a group of civil and immigrants’ rights groups including New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed yesterday. This brief was one of several in support of the Obama administration’s immigration actions, which economists predict will raise the nation’s GDP by more than $200 billion over the next ten years and New Jersey’s GDP by $2.9 billion.

“We joined the brief to support New Jersey’s working families, regardless of their status,” said NJPP policy analyst Erika J. Nava. “The president’s actions would allow about 150,000 of our neighbors to participate legally in society, leading to a number of positive outcomes for them and our state. Most importantly, work authorization could help level the economic playing field for these immigrants who seek an equal opportunity to succeed and invest in the state they call home”.

On February 16, 2015, a federal district court blocked extension of an initiative that allows certain immigrants who arrived in this country as children to apply for deportation relief and work authorization (known as an expansion of DACA). The court also blocked implementation of a second initiative that would allow certain immigrant parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to apply for protection from deportation and work authorization (known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA).

Among the 137,000 NJ parents who will benefit from DAPA are Martin and Angela Gomez, parents of two U.S. citizen children, a 19-year-old college student and a 14-year-old middle school student. Martin and Angela are homeowners who would be able to continue working and to travel in New Jersey without fear of deportation if they were granted DAPA.

Yesterday’s filings are the latest legal step in Texas et al. v. United States et al., the 26-state challenge to the administration’s immigration actions. On April 17, the Fifth Circuit will hear oral argument in a request for emergency stay of the lower court injunction. If granted, the emergency stay would allow the U.S. government to begin implementation of the DAPA and DACA initiatives.