Leading up to the Supreme Court’s April 18 oral argument in U.S. v. Texas, CLINIC was one of more than 325 immigrant-serving agencies joining an amicus (friend of the court) brief.
Selected stories highlighting the benefits of permitting implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA were featured in the brief filed March 8 by CLINIC and civil rights, labor and social service organizations. The brief urged the court to uphold the Obama administration’s executive actions.
From the outset and throughout the progression of the case through the courts, CLINIC has vigorously spoken out against the Texas litigation and in support of the programs that could benefit an estimated 5 million people. CLINIC requested case examples of individuals in either of the categories listed below and who have achieved personal success and/or have demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in their community or the world around them.
- Individuals who have benefitted from similar immigration-related executive action in the past (e.g., relief provided under the Reagan/Bush era Family Unity Program or Executive Order 12711 issued on April 11, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989).
- Individuals who arrived in the United States without documents or subsequently became undocumented, but ultimately obtained lawful status.
To date, 18 additional briefs have been filed by faith-based organizations, mayors, former USCIS/INS directors, 225 current and former members of Congress, child advocacy groups, etc., underlining the widespread support for the programs.
A decision is expected by the end of 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. Please see CLINIC’s useful timeline on the President’s Executive Action on Immigration.