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Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Filed: New York Elected Officials, Local Immigrant Leaders, Community Advocates Rally Support to have the Supreme Court Unfreeze DAPA+DACA


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Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Filed: New York Elected Officials, Local Immigrant Leaders, Community Advocates Rally Support to have the Supreme Court Unfreeze DAPA+DACA

Ahead of April 18th oral arguments, Advocates, business leaders, elected officials and eligible DACA+/DAPA recipients demonstrate strong support for President Obama’s Executive Actions

New York, NY- Yesterday, Mayor Bill De Blasio along with local advocates, community and faith leaders from AlleyWatch, Make the Road New York, New York Immigration Coalition among others signed on to amicus briefs filed in U.S. v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that will determine the fate of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration - and will affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and American families. In a show of solidarity, brief signatories and supporters of the DACA+/DAPA programs noted the positive impact that they will have for our country, and the ways in which the implementation of the programs will improve the lives of millions of immigrants who are already living in the U.S. and contributing to our economy and to our communities.

“Immigrants are part of the economic and social fabric of our cities and nation. They work in and own businesses, shop in our stores, and send their children to our schools. But the long-delayed implementation of the President’s executive action is tearing those families and our communities apart. I urge the Supreme Court to overturn this injustice to give millions of undocumented immigrants the relief they deserve, and our cities the strong foundation they need to thrive.” -  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

“Undocumented immigrants like me, who have lived here for so many years and have US-citizen children, need the protection for our families that DAPA and expanded DACA offer. We’ve been here so long, and we have paid billions in taxes and contributed enormously to the economy and to strengthen this country. We’re struggling for DAPA and expanded DACA, because we know they are legal and because they will keep millions of families like mine, who’ve been struggling for so long, together.” - Guillermo Pintado, DAPA eligible parent of 3 US citizen children, Make the Road New York

"I'm happy to hear that the Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments and move the lawsuit forward. I hope the Supreme Court recognizes our hopes and dreams to live in the US with our families. Although DACA and DAPA are temporary, it is one step closer to fixing our broken immigration system. If the Supreme Court justices rule in favor of granting DACA+/DAPA, I will finally be given a chance to achieve my goal of becoming a federal judge." - Jong Min You, eligible for DACA extension, MinKwon Center for Community Action

"The U.S Supreme Court has the opportunity to finally give our communities the justice they deserve, and allow millions of immigrants to change their lives for the better. In New York, over 250,000 people have been denied justice for over a year by the delay in implementing DAPA and expanded DACA – all because of politically motivated delays. And with these delays, families continue to be torn apart by deportations. We will continue to rally our communities as we make our case to the Supreme Court that this executive action is not only legal and constitutional - it is moral, just and economically beneficial, and its implementation will only further demonstrate the great economic and social benefits it will have for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and millions in America." - Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition

"The faith community strongly supports the executive actions that will keep millions of families together. We stand with the amicus briefs filed by the faith community and call on the Justices to have the moral courage to do what is just, and lift the injunction." - Reverend Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church

“The future vitality of the American economy is dependent on the forthcoming decisions facing the Supreme Court in respect to immigration reform.  AlleyWatch is pleased to support comprehensive immigration reform to ensure that the American workforce is inclusive, diverse, and comprised of individuals who genuinely have an interest in supporting the growth of the economy.” - Reza Chowdhury, Founder, AlleyWatch

Legal experts have found that the President’s executive actions are fully supported by law. The DAPA and expanded DACA programs will allow millions to come out of the shadows and provide work authorization to approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants. Leaders from across New York are urging the court to recognize the contributions of these individuals and the overwhelmingly positive impact that the expanded DACA and DAPA programs will have for the state and national economy and for communities across the country.  

For more information about the case visit: http://www.fightforfamilies.org/

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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.


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