The divided Court’s ruling last week in U.S. v. Texas froze President Barack Obama’s signature immigration reform program in place. The 4-4 tie allowed a lower court’s injunction halting implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, as well as the expansion of the Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals program, to stand. Reaction from all corners of the progressive advocacy and activism world was swift:
- Kica Matos of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a project of the Center for Community Change, broke down the impact of last week’s non-decision in a live video from the courthouse steps.
- PICO National Network responded on behalf of its faith leaders.
- The Economic Policy Institute laid out the positive impact DACA and DAPA could have had for all workers.
- The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) weighed in on the negative effects of a “hamstrung” eight-person court.
- and Advancement Project’s Judith Browne Dianis reminded us all that, despite setbacks, “the immigrant justice movement is on the right side of history.”