CASA Devastated by Supreme Court Decision; Calls on Obama Administration to Halt Deportations

Posted June 23, 2016 /

WASHINGTON (June 23) _ CASA vows to continue fighting for immigration reform after a devastating 4-4 tie on the U.S. v. Texas decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court today and is calling on President Barack Obama to stop deportations across the board to prevent the heart-wrenching breakup of families and communities.

“We are so sad, so disappointed but we not stop fighting until our families are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres on the steps of the court. “Our next stop is November and we are going to vote for a president who will make immigration reform a reality.”

While today’s split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, the advance of Deferred Action for families will remain blocked nationwide thanks to the overreach by a single district court judge in Texas and the partisan obstruction of Republicans in Congress. DAPA and DACA+ are commonsense programs that are lawful, constitutional, and consistent with decades of actions taken by presidents of both parties.

Nothing in today’s ruling, however, prevents the President from simply using his discretion and directing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to freeze deportations. According to a recent analysis by Fusion, since coming to office, Obama’s government has deported more than 2.5 million people and at this rate will deport during his two terms more immigrants that all 19 president who governed the United Stated from 1892-2000.

“President Obama has already deported millions of people but with this final blow to hope delivered by the Supreme Court today he should at least stop worsening the damage to immigrant families and communities,” Torres said.

For some CASA members, the decision today was personal.

“We continue living in fear that one day we get a knock on the door and our lives will be destroyed,” said Isabel Aguilar, a mother of three who could have benefited from a positive ruling.