Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on Today’s United States v. Texas Supreme Court Decision
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on Today’s United States v. Texas Supreme Court Decision

Washington, D.C. — Today, a short-handed Supreme Court was unable to address an immigration case that affects millions of families and the economy. United States v. Texas was brought by Republican governors and attorneys general from 26 states, challenging the implementation of two national immigration enforcement policies: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling:

With today’s 4-4 split in United States v. Texas, an estimated 4 million immigrants will remain vulnerable to deportation, and more than 6 million U.S. citizens will continue to live in fear of the deportations of their loved ones. Today’s ruling is a stark reminder of how the obstruction of Senate Republicans continues to negatively affect millions of Americans and their families. DAPA and expanded DACA are important, commonsense policies that were blocked first by a politically motivated lawsuit and then by a do-nothing Senate. We cannot let the partisan, political effort to prevent the Supreme Court from fully functioning continue.

Not moving forward with these initiatives is a loss for millions of families, as well as for the economy since the nation will continue to lose $29.9 million in GDP each day without them. The 1.6 million DAPA-affected individuals who will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections will hold Republican leaders accountable for not only keeping millions of family members in the limbo but also preventing the Court from doing its job.

While the Court struggles to function, a highly qualified and respected nominee awaits action from Senate Republicans, who refuse to give him a hearing or a vote. Tomorrow marks the 100th day since Merrick Garland was nominated to fill the vacancy, and it is time for Senate Republicans to give him a hearing and a vote. This is the latest example of how the Washington dysfunction created by Republicans in Congress is hurting real people around the country.

For more information or to speak to an expert on this issue, please contact Tanya S. Arditi at [email protected] or 202.741.6258.


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