(San Francisco, CA, November 9, 2015)—Tonight the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the Deferred Action for Parent of American and Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs to take effect. The federal court’s ruling will negatively affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and their family, many of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.

Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell:

“The Fifth Circuit’s decision today is an unwarranted intrusion on the President’s authority to implement our nation’s immigration laws and will have a devastating impact on millions of families and communities.  The DAPA and DACA programs are humane, principled, and clearly in the best interests of our country, which urgently needs the talents and contributions of these young people and their families.  We join those urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and correct this distressing miscarriage of justice.”