Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Justice petitioned the Supreme Court for rehearing in the case of United States v. Texas, the DAPA and expanded DACA immigration case for which the divided Court failed to issue a decision last term. Implementation of expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA+, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, has been blocked for more than a year. Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement reacting to today’s filing:
We support the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to petition for a rehearing in this case, which is too important to far too many people to be sent back to the lower courts without proper guidance from the Supreme Court. The existing nationwide injunction places this case squarely within the purview of the Supreme Court, and the important legal issues presented by this case should be addressed by a fully-functioning Court now rather than being sent back to a District Court that has already ignored strong legal and historical precedent for the actions taken by the administration in November 2014. With nothing more to be gained from sending this case back to the trial court, we urge the Supreme Court, once fully constituted, to agree to rehear this case and do the right thing: reject this politically motivated lawsuit, respect the authority of the secretary of homeland security to set smart national immigration enforcement policies, and unfreeze DAPA and expanded DACA.
The following experts are available to comment on this topic:
- Angela Kelley, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress
- Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration, Center for American Progress
- Philip E. Wolgin, Managing Director, Immigration, Center for American Progress
- Henry Fernandez, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
- Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
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