Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Expanded Deferred Action

Assistant Director of Communications

April 18, 2016

Faith, Law Enforcement, Business Leaders Speak Out 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s expansion of deferred action programs.

The executive actions, which would provide temporary deportation relief and employment authorization for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, were blocked by a federal judge after 26 states sued the Obama administration. Opponents of the actions argue that they are an overreach of executive power, but supporters note that previous presidents have implemented similar policies.

Faith, law enforcement and business leaders are among those speaking in favor of eventual immigration reform from Congress, and for thinking in the meantime about the people and families whose lives are in limbo.

“Ultimately, it is about families who risk being torn apart: husband from wife, mother from child and sister from brother,” Archbishop John C. Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M., writes on today. “This matters because families provide the foundation of our current immigration system and are the bedrock of our society, our communities and our institutions.”

Additional Catholic and evangelical leaders who have spoken out include Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Sacramento, in February, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, on Saturday, both in the Sacramento Bee.

Dallas County, Texas, Sheriff Lupe Valdez wrote Thursday in the Dallas Morning News: “We need good immigration laws. But, in the meantime, we are damaging our law enforcement relationships with our communities that are caught in limbo. We need the immigration initiatives to help us with community policing.”

And on the business front, has highlighted the amicus brief 60 business leaders signed. “Instead of inviting the economic contributions of immigrants, our immigration enforcement policies have often inhibited the productivity of U.S. companies and made it harder for them to compete in the global marketplace … America’s immigration enforcement policies should ensure that immigrants’ ingenuity, skills, and entrepreneurial spirit are contributing to the U.S. economy — and deferred action policies are a helpful start,” the brief reads in part.

​“All of us recognize that we need a better answer for deeply rooted immigrant families than the constant threat of deportation,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “In the short term, we need the Supreme Court to provide clarity regarding expanded deferred action. In the longer term, we clearly need Congress to act on permanent immigration reform that helps America thrive.”