DOJ Files Emergency Appeal to Move Forward with Administrative Relief

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an emergency motion of stay pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in response to Texas District Court Judge Hanen’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction temporarily halting President Barack Obama’s administrative relief program.

On Feb. 20, the Obama administration had previously filed for an emergency stay of the injunction, but Hanen has refused to rule citing surprise that other aspects of administrative relief were moving forward, namely the issuance of three-year work permits, rather than two-year permits, for those eligible under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The lawsuit and injunction only covers the expanded requirements of DACA and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Residents (DAPA) initiative.

You can read the full motion filed by the DOJ here.