VICTORY for immigrant families! Federal Court has ruled AZ Sherriff Arpaio has no standing to challenge Obama’s Executive Actions
¡Si Se Puede!®
On Friday, August 14th, the UFW Foundation and our farm worker community scored a great victory when a federal appeals court ruled that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could not challenge President Obama’s Administrative Relief programs on immigration.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the sheriff known nationwide for anti-immigrant policies and comments did not have legal standing to bring his claims against the Obama Administration’s Administrative Relief. The court found that Sheriff Arpaio could not show that he was being directly harmed by the new policies, concluding that his claims of harm were “unduly speculative.”
While there is still a prominent case against the President’s Administrative Relief programs in Texas that has been joined by 26 states, the rejection of Sheriff Arpaio’s case is an important step forward in the inevitable implementation of Administrative Relief.
With President Obama’s relief programs, called Deferred Action for Parents of Citizen Children (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. and potentially 750,000 farm workers or their immediate family members will be able to secure protection from deportation, obtain potential work permits, and keep their families together. The court’s ruling last Friday affirmed the legality of these policies.
There is still more to do in ensuring that the policies are upheld in court and implemented, but the UFW Foundation is confident that Friday’s ruling is the first of many court decisions that will uphold DAPA and expanded DACA. It is not a matter of if, but when. We will keep fighting to bring about implementation without further delay for the 5 million in our communities who deserve to be free from the fear of deportation and able to keep their families together!
It is also important that all potentially-eligible immigrants in our communities prepare to access the programs so that they can as soon as they are upheld. Learn what important documents to start collecting, and check whether you are eligible by contacting the UFW Foundation today! Call the office nearest you:
220 18th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
2409 Merced Street, Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93721
427 Pajaro Street, Suite 3
Salinas, CA 93901
1440 E. Washington Street, Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85034