FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2022
**MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 8am CT**
Undocumented Community Members Attend Court and Hold Presser as Judge Hanen Revisits DACA: “Preserve DACA and Pass Permanent Protections!”
Houston, TX – On Friday, October 14, 2022, impacted community members, allies, and activists will attend Judge Hanen’s conference with attorneys and hold a subsequent press conference. Together they will demand that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains in place and underscore the need for Congress to legislate permanent protections for all immigrants by the end of this year. The lives of more than 600,000 DACA recipients, and those of their loved ones and community members, are in Judge Hanen’s hands.
WHAT: Press conference
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2022 – 7:30 AM CT folks will gather at Little Tranquility Park; 10:00 AM CT court conference begins; ~11:00 AM CT presser begins (after conference ends)
WHERE: Corner of Courthouse at Rusk Street and Little Tranquility Park – by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (515 Rusk Street, Houston, TX, 77002)
WHO: The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Woori Juntos, Texas Organizing Project (TOP), FIEL Houston, Arizona Dream Act Coalition other orgs
See the booking memo here for interviews.
Steven Wu, (225) 330-1065, steven (on-site)
Quynh-Huong Nguyen (737) 471-5316, quynh-huong (on-site)
Cesar Espinosa (832) 512-3733, cespinosa (on-site)
Background: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 through an executive order of then-President Barack Obama. A temporary program requiring renewal every two years, DACA grants work permits and safety from deportation for hundreds of thousands of young people who arrived in the United States before June 15, 2007. In July 2021, Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas deemed DACA unlawful and ordered that new applications be halted. On July 6, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana, heard oral arguments on the case. On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the 2012 memo unlawful and sent the case back to Judge Hanen for adjudication on the recent rule.