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MAYOR SEGARRA STATEMENT ON FEDERAL INJUNCTION AGAINST PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

(February 18, 2015) A federal judge in Texas ruled this week to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on immigration reform, which would provide deportation relief and work authorization to millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. This includes an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was set to go into effect today, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, as well as implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, who co-chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Immigration Reform Task Force, released the following statement:

 

“President Obama acted within his authority when issuing an executive action that not only benefits many hardworking families, but would also strengthen our economy and communities. Hartford has already been enriched by the cultural diversity and entrepreneurism of immigrants, but would grow richer with the implementation of President Obama’s action.  While disappointed in U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling and the delay it causes in helping people who are eager to be a part of our society, I am confident the President’s action will prevail.”

 

Judge Hanen’s ruling in State of Texas vs. United States of America does not affect the existing DACA. The program provides deportation relief and work authorization to anyone who was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, arrived in the United States before June 15, 2007 and arrived before the age of 16.

 

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