Silver Spring, MD -- With the announcement Jan 19 that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear U.S. v. Texas, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) joins millions of immigrants in celebrating the possibility that they might soon have the chance to work or attend school without daily fear of deportation.
The case is a challenge by 26 states to the November 2014 presidential orders that would expand access to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create a similar program for the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
“We’re excited and pleased that the Supreme Court will examine the merits of these executive actions,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC. “This should be taken as a sign of hope for the estimated 5 million people who stand to benefit from the opportunities presented by DAPA and the expansion of DACA.”
CLINIC was among 224 organizations to file a joint brief urging the Supreme Court to take U.S. v. Texas. The “amicus” or friend-of-the-court brief argued that the sweeping injunction of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Texas to block the programs directly harms millions of people who have been in the United States since childhood or whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents.
The brief noted that the families eligible for DACA and DAPA already contribute to U.S. society and the programs will make them more secure, with access to better jobs and the ability to improve their lives.
The case will be added to the court’s calendar for oral argument in March or April, with a ruling likely before the end of the court’s term in late June.
While the outcome of the case is pending, CLINIC recommends that qualified legal immigration practitioners continue client screenings to assist those eligible for other immigration benefits. CLINIC recognizes the need for permanent changes to the United States immigration system and calls upon Congress to enact compassionate, comprehensive reforms to strengthen our families, our communities, and our country.
As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration programs -- more than 275 organizations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico -- CLINIC’s affiliates stand ready to assist immigrants eligible for relief with reliable, high quality legal services.