Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging the President’s extended deferred action programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This decision hurts millions of immigrants.
The U.S. government exists to ensure safety and justice. The failure of lawmakers to do so has disastrous effects on the everyday lives of millions, including those we should be working hardest to protect. Today’s split decision is the result of a legislative branch that refuses to do its job, allowing politics to stand in the way of basic human rights.
The extent of the dysfunction has been appalling. On Monday, the Senate failed to pass a bill to strengthen gun safety in the wake of the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history. On Tuesday, a Republican Congressman stated that his bill to issue basic non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people might pass, but worried about including critical protections that have become ‘too politicized.’ And today, because Republican leadership refused to have hearings on the President’s Supreme Court nominee, over five million immigrants will continue to live in limbo for years.
It is time for Congress to do its job: pass legislation that protects the people and provide the Supreme Court with a ninth Justice. The LGBTQ community, immigrants, and people of color deserve a functioning legislative and judicial system. Everyone does.
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director, Immigration Equality Action Fund