ICIRR Joins Call for Supreme Court to Protect President’s Immigration Action

December 4, 2015

ICIRR Joins Call for Supreme Court to Protect President’s Immigration Action

Legal brief filed by 224 groups asks high court to hear landmark immigration case 

(Chicago—December 4, 2015) The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the Supreme Court to review the court order that has temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive actions to expand protections for millions of undocumented immigrants. In addition, the City of Chicago, Cook County, and other municipalities are signing on to a separate amicus brief in support of these expanded immigration programs, and are urging the Supreme Court to hear this case posthaste.

“The elevated urgency and the importance of this case cannot be denied by the Supreme Court,” said Lawrence Benito, CEO of ICIRR. “The current injunction that is preventing access to work permits, educational opportunities, relief from deportation, and family stability is negatively impacting millions of children, parents, entrepreneurs, employers and US citizens across this country. We are urging the Supreme Court to address this case this term because it is time to put this legal uncertainty to rest for the millions of families currently living in fear.”

These amicus brief filings come less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) for undocumented youth and parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

“This case directly affects hundreds of thousands of families who reside in Illinois and the US, and the Supreme Court has an obligation to take up this case,” said Fred Tsao, ICIRR’s senior policy counsel. “In partnership with our local and national allies, we remain committed to the millions of deserving individuals and families who have waited so long to achieve security. In this election year, we will continue to educate and mobilize our communities to ensure our votes secure lasting immigration reform.”

The current DACA program has already benefited more than 680,000 eligible applicants, and if expanded these immigration programs would allow millions of newly eligible youth and parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply for work permits, and remain in the US without fear of deportation.

The Justice Department has requested a briefing schedule that would allow the Supreme Court ample time to hear this case during the current term, with the objective to issue a decision by June 2016. ICIRR is standing with the numerous and diverse groups of leaders and organizations filing amicus briefs in support of these expanded immigration programs, and is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to fulfill its responsibility in the swift determination of this case.

The full legal brief is available at www.nilc.org/document.html?id=1302.

An interactive timeline outlining the process for review of the case by the Supreme Court is available at www.nilc.org/TexasvUSTimeline.html.

For more background on the legal challenges to executive action on immigration, see www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/understanding-legal-challenges-executive-action.