Supreme Court Split Leaves Families in Limbo


Thursday June 23, 2016

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Supreme Court Split on DACA-DAPA Keeps Families in Limbo

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Chicago, IL – The United States Supreme Court announced this morning that the Justices have rendered a 4-4 split decision on a case that many had hoped would clear a pathway for implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expanded limits for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Obama’s administrative action, announced in November of 2014, aimed to protect hard working immigrants from our broken immigration laws. Tragically, this inaction on the part of the Supreme Court means that the previous decision stands, so the programs will not be implemented under the current administration.

Alianza Americas’ Executive Director, Oscar Chacón made the following statement:

“This split decision deals a severe blow to millions of immigrant families who have already been waiting more than 18 months for the DAPA and DACA + programs to be implemented. The cold fact is that millions of parents and children will go to bed tonight knowing once again that their families could be torn apart at any moment.

The decision to appeal now awaits the next president, making the choice in November all the more significant for Latino voters. As Latino immigrants, and all people who seek justice, we must redouble our efforts to change our broken immigration policies and turn back the racist narrative that dominates public debate.

The deep undercurrent of racism and xenophobia that has made life so hard for Latino immigrant families, as well as Muslims, and anyone deemed “other” or “foreign,” cannot be ignored as a factor in this case. If we allow that current to flow unchecked, we could end up permanently damaging the social fabric of our country, making life worse for everyone.