OCA Encourages Supreme Court to Reject Anti-Immigrant Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates encourages the Supreme Court to reject the anti-immigrant politics that inspired the challenge to the President’s immigration executive actions.

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the case that will decide the fate of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. These programs, known as DACA and DAPA, would provide certain undocumented immigrants with relief from fear of deportation and grant legal status for up to three years. While these programs have garnered wide support from immigrant and human rights advocates their implementation has been stymied by the preliminary injunction placed on the bill by a Texas District Court Judge last year in April, which was also upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last November. In recent months, the House Majority also filed a brief in opposition to the executive actions, thereby an unprecedented degree of politicization to the case.

“We are glad that the Supreme Court has taken on this case and look forward to a favorable outcome for the both the president’s executive actions and the undocumented immigrants that stand to benefit,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser. “The lower courts were irresponsible in their use of an injunction and their open disregard of precedent in this case, as it is historically well-established that the president may use his constitutional authority to protect the undocumented from deportation. Now the House has also taken it upon itself to also overstep its constitutional authority and interfere with the independence of the judiciary, all to advance an extremist anti-immigrant political agenda that a majority of Americans do not support.”

“The price for this gross politicization cannot be measured in dollars but instead in the anguish of the over 400,000 undocumented Asian immigrants that must live under continued fear of deportation of family and close friends,” continued Moe-Kaiser. “Though we believe that the Supreme Court will see past the politics and decide in favor of the executive actions, if the decision is tied and the injunction remains this will be solely the fault of the Senate for refusing to confirm the President’s Supreme Court nominee. This is an unprecedented attempt to both politicize a routine nomination process and also infringe upon the effectiveness of the judiciary.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 3:45pm