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NEA president reacts to court ruling leaving aspiring New Americans and families in limbo


WASHINGTON - November 10, 2015 -

The Fifth Circuit Court upheld the injunction that has blocked the implementation of executive actions announced by President Barack Obama in 2014 aimed at keeping millions of children and families together. The United States Department of Justice is expected to appeal the lower court’s decision to the United States Supreme Court next year.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“The court ruling harms millions of aspiring new Americans afraid to come out from the shadows of society. The decision impacts mothers, fathers, neighbors, friends, and, yes, our students. America is better than that.  

“Educators know from experience that family unity plays a critical role in student success. Yet a growing number of public school students live in fear that our nation’s immigration policies will break up their families, forcing them to choose between their country and their loved ones. Keeping families together is essential to keeping America strong.    

“These young people deserve the very best education and support we can give them. The United States has been their home. They have celebrated their birthdays, attended school, and dreamed their dreams right here in the USA. These young people are eager to succeed, and they are a vitally important part of our future.    

“While this is a temporary legal setback, we remain confident that the Obama administration will appeal the lower court’s decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court this upcoming term. This is the morally right course of action to take now for our students and their families.

  “In the end, however, we still have a long way to go to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. Now more than ever we need to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.”    

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at www.nea.org.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez
202-822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org 


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