Immigration Reform Activists Regroup After Crushing Disappointment

On Wednesday night, Reform Immigration for America hosted a national community call to discuss the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent action on the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Featuring leaders, activists and individuals personally affected by whether or not DAPA and DACA+ may be implemented, the call addressed a variety of issues on the minds of immigrants and those who support immigration reform.

As the NPQ nonprofit newswire wrote last year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this past spring in U.S. v. Texas to determine whether they would unfreeze President Obama’s two executive actions for DACA+ and DAPA. The two measures affect four million children and parents of children without documentation who have lived in the U.S. since 2010, and would allow them to remain in the country for three years if they meet specific criteria. Under both actions, decisions are to be made on a case-by-case basis; approval can be revoked at any time, and the measures do not guarantee a path to permanent U.S. residency or citizenship. Individuals can get a Social Security number and a green light for employment, and would be eligible for Social Security benefits after paying into the system for ten years (as is the requirement for U.S. citizens).

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court announced it had deadlocked in the case, which left in place the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling blocking the plan because, in the words of the opinion:

By Patricia Schaefer for NPQ
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