23rd Jun 2016
API LEGAL OUTREACH is incredibly disappointed by the bad news from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) this morning. SCOTUS deadlocked in a 4-4 tie in United States v. Texas, leaving the nationwide injunction of DAPA/DACA+ in place for now. These programs announced by President Obama in 2014 would have protected millions of immigrants – 1.5 million in California alone – from deportation while authorizing them to work legally. As a first step towards fixing the immigration system, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) promised to grant a reprieve of deportation and work authorization to parents of U.S. citizens and others who are lawfully in the country.
Each day these programs are delayed means that millions of immigrants and their families are left to live with fear and uncertainty. It is estimated, that in the Bay Area alone, thousands of API families would have qualified to receive assistance under the DAPA/DACA+ programs.
This Supreme Court decision denies valuable members of our communities the opportunity to live and work, while more fully contributing to their local economies, without the constant risk of being torn from their families.
API Legal Outreach calls on immigrant communities and their allies across the state and country to continue to push for immigration reform that upholds the dignity of all communities and families. We also call on President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security to cease deportations of those who should benefit from comprehensive immigration reforms especially of those who would have been the beneficiaries of DAPA/DACA+.
Regardless of this temporary setback, we will keep fighting for immigration reform that keeps families together and respects basic human rights.
Please note that this decision does not impact the original DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. If you know people who qualify under original DACA, please encourage them to apply. API Legal Outreach provides free, confidential immigration legal assistance.