(Above: BreakOUT! members and Congreso members after Vice to ICE “Culture Clash,” February 2015)
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, charged civil and immigrants’ rights groups in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed today. This brief was one of several in support of the Obama administration’s immigration actions, which economists predict will raise the GDP by more than $200 billion over the next ten years.
“BreakOUT! joined the amicus because of our history working in solidarity with immigrant workers and day laborers in an effort to end the criminalization of all marginalized communities in New Orleans. Vice To Ice, the official name of the collaboration between the Congress of Day Laborers and BreakOUT!, was created after both organizations recognized both shared experience as well as a shared fate for criminalized Black and Brown people in New Orleans,” said Shaena Johnson, Program Director at BreakOUT!
On February 17, 2015, a federal district court blocked implementation of expansion of an initiative that would have allowed 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 an initiative that would have allowed certain immigrant parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to apply for deportation relief and work authorization (known as DAPA.)
Groups argue that delays in implementation harm the nation’s economy and prevent aspiring Americans from more fully participating in their communities. The brief features profiles of small business owners, primary breadwinners, and social activists who would be able to increase their economic and societal contributions if granted the relief proposed by DACA and DAPA.
Among those profiled are the estimated 15,000 to 50,000 transgender, undocumented adults and thousands more transgender young people living in the United States.
“BreakOUT! knows that the immigrant community suffers through several systemic hardships that make it increasingly difficult to survive and make a living wage in Louisiana. DACA is one of the tools that, if sufficiently implemented, could potentially keep many families together, as well as positively impact the economy,” Johnson said.
Today’s filings are the latest legal step in Texas et al. v. United States et al., the 27-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.
To read the brief, click below.