For Immediate Release
June 23, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, firstname.lastname@example.org, (323) 250-3018
Initial Reaction from NDLON on Supreme Court Tie in US v. Texas
Los Angeles, CA — In response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie in US v Texas, which preserves the district court’s injunction of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following immediate reactions.
Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON responded:
“If DAPA was the President’s ‘Plan B’ after a failed political strategy for comprehensive immigration reform, then it is incumbent on his administration to immediately announce their ‘Plan C’ after this setback. It will be fully unacceptable for the President to use this decision as an excuse for inaction in cleaning up the mess created by his brutal deportation policy.
“President Obama must use his remaining political capital to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, and we will be looking to him for the type of leadership that we expected when he first took office.”
“Going forward, it is important to remember that it was grassroots, bottom-up pressure that compelled the President to act before, and the future will be no different. Immigrants must continue to organize in defense of our basic rights in the face of unprecedented nativism in the political sphere.”
Chris Newman, NDLON’s Legal Director said:
“The 4-4 decision leaves unresolved outside of the Fifth Circuit the question of whether and how the President can provide work authorization for currently undocumented immigrants, but it does not impact the President’s indisputable authority to reduce deportations, nor does it foreclose other forms of relief as a legal matter.”
NDLON’s legal team, advocacy team, and a group of impacted Day Laborer spokespersons will be available for comment and interviews.