WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will hear U.S. v. Texas this term, a case that temporarily blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration that would offer deportation relief to more than 4.9 million individuals, including nearly half a million Asian Americans.
On Feb. 16, 2015, a federal court ruled in Texas v. United States to delay the implementation of President Obama’s immigration relief programs. On November 9, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision
“We are extremely pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear this important case,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “The Fifth Circuit decision to block President Obama’s executive actions not only denies deportation relief, but also denies many the ability to apply for work authorizations, obtain driver’s licenses, obtain health care, open a bank account and receive in-state college tuition. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to think of the many families who will be impacted by their decision.”
Advancing Justice | AAJC joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor and social service groups in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review this case.