LAW WEEK COLORADO
Denver is one of 73 cities and counties jointly filing an amicus brief in Texas v. United States, a legal challenge in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals involving President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration policies.
Mayor Michael Hancock’s office announced April 6 that Denver is joining other large cities — including Atlanta, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — and some rural and suburban jurisdictions as part of Cities United for Immigration Action, “urging immediate implementation” of the executive directives. The court will hear oral arguments in the case on Friday.
“I add my voice to the chorus of mayors in cities large and small who say the safety, health and well-being of our economies and our neighborhoods require that hundreds of thousands of families be allowed to emerge from the shadows and help us build stronger communities,” Hancock said in a press release.
The Department of Homeland Security, based on Obama’s executive orders, issued directives known as “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans to Lawful Permanent Residents” on Nov. 20, aiming to provide relief for certain undocumented parents of legal U.S. citizens and residents. In response, 22 states along with four governors and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt challenged the DAPA program in a federal district court in Texas, arguing that it was a violation of the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. District Judge Andrew Hanen sided with the plaintiffs and issued a temporary injunction on Feb. 16.
The U.S. Department of justice filed a motion to stay and a formal appeal of the injunction on Feb. 23.