Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grijalva: Supreme Court's 'Non-Decision' on Immigration Executive Actions Leaves Vulnerable People Suffering

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM

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Congressman Raúl Grijalva hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will revisit a lawsuit challenging President Obama's 2014 executive actions on immigration. 

It was reported earlier that the Supreme Court issued a split 4-4 decision in the case, continuing to block DAPA and extended DACA.

DAPA would benefit the parents of U.S. citizen and legal resident children with relief from deportation and a renewable three-year work permit. DACA II is an extension of the 2012 program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which also allows undocumented youth to remain in the country and issue renewable work permits. It is estimated that as many as 5 million people could benefit from both programs.

Grijalva says in a media statement that the Supreme Court's "non-decision" leaves vulnerable people across the U.S. "suffering under an immigration system that splinters families and betrays our values."

This case confirms why Republican members of Congress should get on board with appointing a ninth Supreme Court justice before Obama leaves office early next year. Not doing so "is toxic to our legal system and our society," Grijalva's statement says. "We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws, and both of those facts are betrayed by a political party that undermines the integrity of our highest court and attacks our president’s legal efforts to help aspiring Americans."

"The silver lining is that a 4-4 tie is not precedent setting, and I hope that the Court revisits this vital issue with the urgency it deserves," he says. 

"I appreciate President Obama’s efforts to act where Republicans wouldn’t, but in light of this ruling, he must redouble his efforts to ensure innocent families do not continue to suffer. I will continue to work with this administration and the next to create a common sense immigration process once and for all.”

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