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Coalition Disappointed in U.S Supreme Court Ruling Against Immigration Relief

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 4136875160,  Cell Phone: 4136875160,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York  (Thursday, June 23, 2016)

Coalition Disappointed in U.S Supreme Court Ruling Against Immigration Relief

(New York, NY) This morning, in a sad and disappointing decision, the Supreme Court announced a 4-­4 ruling in US v Texas, the case determining whether President Obama’s 2014 immigration relief programs can go into effect. A tied decision from the Supreme Court means that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is upheld, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) programs will not be implemented.

In November 2014, President Obama announced that he would use his executive authority to expand an existing program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and announce a new Deferred Action for Parents of U.S Citizens and Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. These programs would have provided important administrative relief, including protection from deportation and the ability to work legally, to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

In early 2015, opponents did their best to block it, resulting in the case being heard by the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled late last year to keep the injunction in place. Upon appeal, the Supreme Court heard the case, and in a decision that disappointed millions across the country, ruled today to prevent the programs from taking effect ­ leaving these hardworking immigrants and their families without protection from deportation.

The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director at the New York Immigration Coalition:

"The Supreme Court has failed our communities, ignored the law, and abdicated their responsibilities to a gridlocked and paralyzed political system that continues to come up short in providing real solutions. We are deeply disappointed that this ruling will continue to unproductive and unfair cycle of leaving millions at risk of deportation and being torn apart from their families. This is not justice, and our communities are tired of having their lives tied up with the lack of political will of our nation's leaders.

“While the Supreme Court ruled against us, the fight is not over. In this contentious election year where we have seen politicians use immigrants as scapegoats, our united front is more important than ever. We will continue to fight for the 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families who are a critical part of America’s workforce and communities. We will fight against deportations and for keeping families together. And in the weeks and months ahead, we will mobilize our communities who are able to vote to do so in November – and send a clear message to all of our elected officials that America stands behind its immigrants.

“We will call on our next President and Congress to stop using immigration as a wedge issue, and finally pass the just and fair comprehensive immigration reform we deserve. In the meantime, we will do what we do best: support our immigrant communities across New York State through tangible policy changes ­ from adult literacy to health care, immigration legal services to language access ­ that will bring real, tangible improvements in the daily lives of the four million immigrants that call New York State home.”

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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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