Amicus Brief features profiles of families whose lives would improve if immigration programs were approved
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/9/16) â€” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today joined a diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in filing an amicus (â€œfriend of the courtâ€) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, urging the court to lift the injunction that blocked President Obamaâ€™s executive action on immigration that he announced in November of 2014.
The Obama administrationâ€™s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative, was blocked by a federal district court in Texas. That courtâ€™s order was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The lawsuit against the presidentâ€™s executive actions was brought by 26 states. Late last year the federal government appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the brief, the groups outline how families and communities would benefit from the blocked initiatives. The brief provides examples of parents and individuals who would be able to contribute more fully to their communities if the immigration initiatives were allowed to take effect.
Civil rights groups argued in the brief filed:
â€œIf the injunction is lifted, many families will be more secure, without the looming threat that loved ones will be deported at a momentâ€™s notice. Many deserving individuals will also have access to better jobs and the ability to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities. DHS has discretion to grant or deny applications for the initiatives at issue, and the concocted argument to the contrary should not be used to prevent individuals from even applying.â€
â€œThe amicus brief illustrates the myriad ways in which prospective beneficiaries of DAPA and expanded DACA would contribute to our country. The Administrationâ€™s initiatives constitute a lawful exercise of executive discretion and should be upheld,â€ said CAIR Civil Rights Department Litigation Director Jenifer Wicks.
Advocates note that the U.S. Supreme Court should not be used to settle a political debate, with anti-immigrant activists trying to push through the courts what they havenâ€™t been able to accomplish through the political process.
The full legal brief is available at:
An interactive timeline outlining the process for review of the case is available at:Â
For more background on the legal challenges to executive action on immigration, see:Â
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