STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked a series of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
“I am deeply saddened after hearing the news regarding the negative 2-1 decision made by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding President Obama’s DAPA plan, which protected roughly one third of all undocumented immigrants in the United States by giving them lawful presence and authorization to work in the country,” said Senator Miranda.
“To state that this Republican-led 26 state charge against puts a halt to DAPA based on the ‘President’s lawlessness’ like the Texas Attorney General did is ludicrous. When the partisan nature of the U.S. political system leads to attrition, a leader must make a timely decision for the sake of four million human beings living in the United States. It is not lawlessness, it is simply needed action for the prosperity of many whose lives still remain in an unfortunate limbo.
“A blow to like this one is surely disheartening but not lethal, especially to myself and many other state and federal legislators who have worked tirelessly to support our immigrant constituents. I will continue with reinvigorated passion to fight for the cause.
“The untimely decision of the court may lead to the case being settled after President Obama’s term expires. This means that now more than ever, the Hispanic and Latino vote will be paramount in deciding the future of these four million immigrants. I urge you to get out and vote; vote for a president that will support and aid in our fight for immigrant’s rights!”