***For Immediate Release***
March 9, 2016
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed joins amicus brief in Supreme Court deferred action case
More than 300 organizations urge Supreme Court to lift injunction in case of U.S. v. Texas
LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Appleseed signed onto an amicus brief filed by a diverse coalition of 326 immigrant, civil rights, and social service groups in United States v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court case that will review the President’s administrative relief programs for those who would qualify for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to lift the injunction that was put in place by a Texas federal district court and upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief states that “[i]f the injunction is lifted, many families will be more secure, without the looming threat that loved ones will be deported at a moment’s notice.”
Other amicus briefs supporting DAPA were also filed this week by cities, law enforcement, and children’s groups. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in United States v. Texas on April 18.
“The significant and diverse number of groups that signed onto this amicus brief agree that these common-sense, temporary programs would provide much-needed stability for families, immigrant Americans, and entire communities,“ said Darcy Tromanhauser, Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities Program director. “We are confident that the Supreme Court will find that the President’s administrative relief policies are in line with strong legal precedent, thereby allowing thousands of Nebraska families and immigrant Nebraskans with strong ties to our state and country to more fully contribute to their communities.”
The brief outlines how implementation of the administrative relief programs would benefit the lives of American families and millions of people who contribute significantly to local communities. It also provides concrete examples of parents and individuals who would be able to further strengthen our communities and economy if the temporary programs were to take effect.
“While we are optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of DAPA and expanded DACA as wise, temporary measures, we continue to wait for more-permanent policies,” Tromanhauser said. “Families still are counting on Congress to pass updated, common-sense immigration laws that keep families together, provide a clear path to citizenship for aspiring Americans, and allow us to move forward together.”
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