WASHINGTON, DC –Asian Americans are disappointed in Supreme Court’s failure to allow President Obama’s immigration relief programs. In a 4-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the President’s executive actions for immigration relief remain blocked.
“The Supreme Court today failed to act on the opportunity to allow implementation of vital relief programs for nearly 5 million people, including more than 400,000 Asian American immigrants,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC. “We are disappointed in their split decision, which further underscores the need to have nine Justices on the Supreme Court.”
Although the Supreme Court’s decision prevents the new programs from being implemented, it is important to remember that the original DACA program created in 2012 has not been affected. Those individuals eligible for the original DACA should continue to apply, whether for the first time or renewal.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of four leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice – AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Chicago, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.