For Immediate Release
June 23, 2016
Contact: DeeDee Garcia Blase
Co-Founder Somos Independents
Shirl Mora James, Co -founder
Civil Rights / Immigration Lawyer
Chicana / Latina Statement Regarding Breaking U.S. Supreme Court splits 4-4 On Immigration Case News
Phoenix, AZ -- Somos Independents is a woman-led organization that focuses on signaling to key swing independent voters towards moderate / centrist views. We do not believe in extreme views, and we put people needs before party needs.
According to the Associated Press:
“A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.”
It is a very sad day in America today for millions of mixed-status families. In U.S. v. Texas, the Court’s 4 to 4 split decision stopped the enactment of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) because the GOP failed to allow the appointment of the 9th U.S. Supreme Justice. It is inconceivable how the States even had standing to bring this suit in the first place. The U.S. Supreme Court could have easily dismissed the case outright because clearly the Plaintiff-States lacked ‘standing’ to file that case in the first place. In addition, it is quite questionable whether the Plaintiff-States even had a ‘legal stake’ in the case. Having said all that, we want to assure all current and future Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients (qualified under the 2012 DACA guidelines) that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Texas today does NOT affect you.
Finally, to our DREAMER friends, DACA will continue to have to be renewed every two years.
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