U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White agrees with GAO that DHS acting secretary was appointed illegally, therefore ruling his proposals invalid.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit included CHIRLA and seven other leading immigrant rights organizations. Find more information on the lawsuit here.
Please attribute the following statements to Angelica Salas, CHIRLA executive director:
“Once again, a court has exposed the lies that this administration uses to justify racist attacks on immigrants. We appreciate Judge White’s highlighting that the proposed fee increases would lead to separating the families of CHIRLA members and immigrants around the country.”
“The ruling also exposes the half-baked rhetoric this administration is using to sink USCIS through exorbitant fees it cannot collect, in an attempt to fulfill Trump’s pursuit of an enforcement-only agenda toward all immigrants. Now, USCIS can return to doing its job: processing DACA applications, issuing green cards, evaluating asylum cases and helping immigrants become full-fledged American citizens.
“Even though this court found its claims illegitimate, we expect the Trump administration to appeal this ruling. We will be there as well to fight for immigrant families.”