LOS ANGELES (Jan. 20, 2016) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this morning to review United States v. Texas, the case that put on hold President Obama’s immigration initiatives that allow millions of hard working immigrants and their families to apply for deferred action and work authorization. The case will be set for argument in April.
“We applaud the Supreme Court for agreeing to hear this case. We hope they correct the lower court’s ruling, and recognize correctly the legal authority of the President to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement,” states Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.
President Obama’s proposed programs include the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. Under DACA and DAPA, many families and individuals would benefit from deportation relief and the ability to get a work permit, including an estimated 1.5 million immigrants in California and approximately 400,000 Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants nationwide.
Advancing Justice-LA continues to host weekly workshops for screenings and application assistance to those applying for the existing DACA program in downtown Los Angeles. To RSVP, please email [email protected] or call toll-free in-language hotline numbers:
Advancing Justice-LA also urges individuals and families to beware of fraudulent immigration services and unscrupulous attorneys who may use the delay in implementation to make false promises. For more information about the existing DACA program or eligibility for the expanded DACA or new DAPA programs, visit: http://www.advancingjustice-la.org/what-we-do/direct-services/immigration
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.