On June 23, 2016, in a sad and disappointing decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 4-4 decision deadlocked in United States v Texas, the case determining whether President Obama’s 2014 administrative relief programs can go into effect. The Court’s tied decision means that the decision of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is upheld, and that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Expanded DACA) programs will not be implemented.
This decision does not offer justice. These administrative relief programs would have offered critical protection from deportation to nearly 5 million undocumented Americans, including 250,000 New Yorkers, in recognition of their tremendous contributions to our communities and country. We are committed to continuing our fight for just and fair comprehensive immigration reform that will help the 11 million undocumented Americans nationwide.
UPDATE: On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear this case. The Justice Department acknowledged that the Court rarely grants rehearings. But the Justice Department urges the Court to rehear this case because there is a pressing need to answer questions about this matter of “great national significance.”
Click HERE for the NYIC’s full statement regarding the June 23rd decision.