Legal brief filed by 224 groups asks high court to hear landmark immigration case, Texas v. U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 4, 2015) — Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review Texas v. U.S., the case that has temporarily blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The filing comes less than a month after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction put in place by a Texas federal district court that blocked implementation of protections for millions of immigrants across the country.
“The 5th Circuit’s decision cannot stand,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “The appellate court’s decision not only denies deportation relief, but also the ability for many to apply for work authorizations, obtain a drivers’ license as well as allow some to access health care, open a bank account and receive in-state college tuition. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to take up this case right away.”
The filing comes only ten days after the formal request, known as a petition for writ of certiorari, from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Supreme Court to review the case. Amicus briefs in support of a “cert” petition are usually due 30 days after the petition is filed. The amici coalition acted swiftly, since the Justice Department has requested a briefing schedule that would allow the Supreme Court ample time to hear the case during the current term and issue a decision by June 2016.