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Coalition Responds to Delay in Immigration Relief; Continues Preparation for Programs

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York  (Tuesday, February 17, 2015)

Coalition Responds to Delay in Immigration Relief; Continues Preparation for Programs

 Despite Delay, Coalition Remains Confident in Implementation of Administrative Relief

(New York, NY) Today, a federal judge issued a ruling that will temporarily block implementation of the new immigrant deferred action programs announced by President Obama last November. Immigrants and their allies across the country said that while the ruling was short-sighted and politically motivated, it would only serve as a "speed bump" in the road to implementing these programs that will provide relief for millions of immigrants. The first part of the executive action – an expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was set to begin tomorrow, February 18th, 2015, with the second part – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) – set to begin in May 2015. In New York, more than 300,000 people and nationally close to five million will qualify for these new programs. 

The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“We are fully confident that the President's administrative relief will become reality. Judge Hanen's misguided ruling will only temporarily delay the implementation of these relief programs. While we expected these legal attacks to happen, we are confident that the President's executive action on immigration will be upheld and put into motion shortly. 

“We will not let this politically motivated lawsuit - nor legislative attacks - to get in the way of the years of hard work from affected immigrants, advocates, elected officials and allies. Our communities will continue to prepare the more than 300,000 New Yorkers to prepare for DACA and DAPA in 2015.”
 
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The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

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