Faith Groups Challenge Fifth Circuit Court on President’s Immigration Actions

Tuesday, April 6th, Franciscan Action Network joined Church World Service and 17 other faith-based organizations in filing an amicus brief supporting the Obama Administration's executive actions on immigration with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The amicus brief, also known as a “friend of the court” brief, supports the Administration’s appeal of Texas Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction that has temporarily blocked deportation relief for close to five million undocumented immigrants. The amicus brief details the disservice that the injunction poses not just to immigrant communities but also to faith-based organizations and the public at large.

To view the groups’ legal brief in full, see

Below are selected quotes from several other organizations that joined the brief:

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby:

“We affirm the president’s enforcement priorities since they protect families, allowing millions of mothers and fathers across our nation to tuck their children into bed at night with less fear they will be torn apart. His action is a reasonable and good step in face of a broken system Congress refuses to fix, and, as a matter of justice and compassion, we gladly signed onto the faith amicus brief in support of our immigrant sisters and brothers.”

Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network:

"Franciscan Action Network welcomes this opportunity to publicly support recent immigrant families who live in fear of separation. Our Franciscan communities and parishes work with young people whose lives have been transformed by DACA and families who would be united by an expanded DACA and a DAPA program."