The Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hearing arguments in support of DAPA on Friday. In the days and weeks leading up to this hearing the support nationwide for DAPA continues to grow.
Recently there have been numerous states, counties and cities that have submitted court papers showing their support of President Obama’s actions.
Dallas County and El Paso County, two of the largest counties in Texas, state that nearly 300,000 people living in the county would benefit from DAPA and that they support the President’s action. This is particularly important as the State of Texas is the lead plaintiff in the republican led lawsuit trying to stop any progress in immigration. This contradiction in and of itself will greatly influence the appeals court.
Additionally, 12 states have signed court submissions stating that their state would greatly benefit from implementation of DAPA as soon as possible. These states include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
The appeals court must decide whether Texas claiming slight harm from a federal program is sufficient to prevent these other states from receiving the benefit.
In addition to the states and counties that have formally declared support, there are now over 70 major cities in the United States that together have formed a coalition to support President Obama’s executive action. This coalition has submitted documents to the Court of Appeals in preparation for Friday’s hearings.
Some of the major cities include: Denver, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Pjiladelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco. In addition to individual cities the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have joined the coalition in support of President Obama.
The Federal Court of Appeals will soon see this extensive support and hopefully overturn Judge Hanen’s biased and politically motivated decision.