After Friday’s oral argument before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, many may be declaring the end of DAPA. Nothing could be more wrong!
Remember that Friday’s argument was only to decide if DAPA and expanded DACA can proceed while the appeal process from Judge Hanen’s injunction takes place. This appeal is still strongly favored to end in a victory for the program. This appeal is expedited and should conclude in a matter of months.
If the 5th Circuit rules against the administration’s request for the emergency stay, the administration has the option of simply working through the appeal process or seeking the emergency stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.
So once the 5th Circuit rules on the motion argument from Friday, stay tuned for more to come. The fight for common sense immigration enforcement and basic fairness for immigrant families continues!
Recently this author went head to head with Congressman Davis (Illinois-R) on the issue of Immigration Reform in the Illinois Business Journal. Drawing on a number of respected economic studies, this author attempted to demonstrate the enormous economic opportunity costs we continue to suffer at the local, state and federal level as a result of Congress’ failure to fix our broken immigration system. Ultimately, the argument concludes that any “fix” implemented will fail if it does not provide a pathway to legalization for a significant majority of the 11+ million undocumented individuals living and working in our communities. Enforcement only or enforcement first approaches cannot and will not work. You can read the argument and see if it convinces you by clicking here: Ken Schmitt’s Point Article.
Congressman Davis’ Counterpoint argument provided a rendition of the tried and tired talking points we have heard over the last several years from the Republican party: “Enforce the law and strengthen the boarder.” Not a surprise, the Congressman did not address the undocumented immigrant population and offered no solution to fix our broken system. Just more resources to be thrown at an immigration system that fails our families, communities, businesses and our collective future. You can read Congressman Davis’ Counterpoint argument by clicking here: Rep. Rodney Davis (Illinois R) Counterpoint.