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Supreme Court Decision Strikes Down Executive Action on Immigration


Supreme Court Decision Strikes Down Executive Action on Immigration

(Washington, D.C.) – Today the Supreme Court, in a 4-4 vote, affirmed a lower court ruling that struck down the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).

Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:

“President Obama said many times that he lacked the authority to use executive actions to change immigration policy, but he ultimately made a politically-motivated decision to prioritize executive action over working with Congress on real reform. Predictably, that has turned out to be a major error, and now seven years have passed without seeing real, meaningful immigration reform. Today millions of immigrants are exposed to deportation, at a time when the White House has targeted families. This was the wrong strategy, and millions of immigrants are suffering as a result.

Today’s decision makes clearer than ever that we need market-based immigration legislation enacted in an open, bipartisan process. It should enhance security, strengthen our economy, and address the status of the Dreamers and the millions here without legal status. The next president should commit to working with Congress through the legislative process, not through executive actions – a strategy that is ambiguous, temporary and clearly fatally flawed.”

For Interviews with a representative from The LIBRE Initiative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 703-678-4581