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OCA is Dismayed With Supreme Court Decision on Deferred Action Immigration Programs

Thursday, June 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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23 June 2016


CONTACT:  Kham Moua | Policy and Communications Manager

 202 223 5500 |



WASHINGTON, D.C. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is dismayed with the Supreme Court decision on Obama Administration’s deferred action programs, DACA and DAPA.


Earlier today, the Supreme Court decided in a tie in U.S. v. Texas, resulting in a continuation of the lower court injunction against President Obama’s deferred action programs. Both deferred action programs, DACA and DAPA, have been the subjects of several attempts to remove this necessary relief through lawsuits directed at the Obama Administration.


After decades of anti-immigrant obstruction to comprehensive immigration reform, four years ago President Obama used his lawful enforcement authority to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was supplemented two years later by a further expansion to DACA that would have lifted the age cap on the original program, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program that would have granted protection to the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents. Unfortunately, these attempts have been successful in preventing much needed relief from making its way to the community through both an expanded DACA and DAPA programs.


“We are dismayed by this ruling by the Supreme Court,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “Of the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States, 1.5 million are Asian American. These are our fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers. When President Obama granted relief to eligible undocumented individuals using his lawful executive enforcement powers, he granted these undocumented members of our community a new lease on life where Congress had failed them so many times. He made it clear that America could no longer tolerate the moral ill of splitting up families and loved ones. The Supreme Court today sullied this vision of a pro-immigrant America by continuing the freeze on DACA and DAPA.”


“Today’s ruling also reinforces the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Until the passage of legislation that will ensure that our families can reunite and remain intact in this country, immigrants will continue to be threatened by separation and deportation. Undocumented families in America remain among the most vulnerable members of our society, and anti-immigrant groups will continue to try and disenfranchise and diminish these groups.  We cannot allow anti-immigrant forces to redefine what it means to be an American, so OCA will continue to fight for our families, for reunification, and for comprehensive immigration reform,” concluded Moe-Kaiser.


OCA and other Asian American and Pacific Islander community partners are planning to convene a nationwide call next week to discuss the impact of this decision and a way forward.


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).



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