Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Executive Actions in Limbo
June 23, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a 4-4 tie in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The tie means the lower court decision stands and the implementation of the Obama Administration’s 2014 deferred-action policy remains blocked by a nationwide injunction.
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program continues. It was not challenged in this lawsuit.
“With the Supreme Court deadlocked, the litigation on the president’s executive actions will continue, millions of families remain in limbo, and our immigration system remains broken,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “More important, attention now turns to Senate and House Republicans to provide leadership on this issue.
“Here’s the question for them: What is your solution to our broken immigration system?
“Congress must move forward with immigration reform that best serves our country for the long term. Only Congress can create a new immigration process that strengthens the rule of law, respects individuals and families, builds our economy and makes us safer.
“Today’s decision leaves millions of families in an untenable situation. Millions of immigrants living in the shadows is not the answer. America deserves better than the congressional dysfunction that jeopardizes our communities and our economic security.”
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