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HBA-DC Disappointed with Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

Monday, August 15, 2016  

(Washington, D.C. – August 15, 2016) – On June 23, 2016, a divided Supreme Court left in place the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ injunction prohibiting President Barack Obama from establishing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DAPA’s intent is to establish a method for the undocumented parents of United States citizens and permanent residents to become eligible for temporary work permits and to allow families to remain united while Congress establishes comprehensive immigration reform. The expanded DACA would extend the opportunity to apply for temporary protection and work permits to a larger number of undocumented persons who came to the United States as children. While DAPA and the expanded DACA are subject to the injunction, the original DACA program remains unaffected.


The President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC), Edgar Class, released the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s inability to decide upon the merits of the case is disappointing not only to the estimated four million undocumented individuals who would have been eligible for DAPA and the expanded DACA, but also to their families and the communities who could have benefited from their work authorizations and deferred status. Most immigrants are hard working individuals seeking a way to emerge from the threat of deportation, keep their families together, step out of the shadows and contribute to their communities. Others are merely escaping unimaginable violence and suffering. For now, they will continue to live on the margins of society, brokenhearted and in fear. It is time for Congress to move beyond partisan politics and to come together to pass much needed comprehensive immigration reform. Further, HBA-DC urges the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to hold immediate confirmation proceedings for Judge Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination; a full Supreme Court is necessary to bring clarity to our country’s most important questions.”


The press release is available here.



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