“President Obama’s Expanded DACA and DAPA programs are a crucial first step to address the nation’s immigration crisis and will curb criminalization in our communities,” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. “Fourteen months have passed since this immigration executive action was first introduced but the programs have stalled and have yet to be implemented due to the politically motivated lawsuit led by Republicans. We are hopeful the Justices of the highest court in the country will make the right decision to reverse the injunction and grant relief to millions undocumented Americans and their families.”
“Despite what the Supreme Court’s decision will be later this year, undocumented immigrants, like myself, are all still facing the threat of deportation every day as seen through the recent immigration raids that arrested over 120 Central American immigrants and their families,” said Yves Gomes, APALA National Executive Board Member. “APALA will continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform until there is a clear pathway to citizenship inclusive of all immigrants and addresses the criminalization of black and brown communities."