AILA: 5th Circuit Decision Disappointing But Not Surprising

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

Washington, DC - Leslie A. Holman, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), responded to today's 5th Circuit decision with the following statement:

"This decision was not surprising, a disappointment, absolutely, but not a surprise. It appeared early on that this particular panel of this particular court was unlikely to grant the stay. Thankfully though, this is far from the last word on the matter.

"What everyone needs to remember is that a final judgment on President Obama's actions has still not been made. And that looks to be likely months or even years in the future. The denial of this stay just means that the incredibly important initiatives that the President announced last November are still in limbo, as are the lives of millions of parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children and young people who grew up American in all but name.

"Those millions deserve a fair chance; they deserve to be free from fear of deportation and destruction of their families, at least for the time it takes Congress to get their act together and pass meaningful immigration reform to benefit our economy and our country as a whole. What a waste of time and resources this lawsuit has been and continues to be."


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 15052676.