September 25, 2023
Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC.
Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 19, 2015) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that it will hear U.S. v. Texas this term, a case that temporarily blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration that would offer deportation relief to more than 4.9 million individuals, including nearly half a million Asian Americans.

“We are extremely pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear this important case,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “The Fifth Circuit decision to block President Obama’s executive actions not only denies deportation relief, but also denies many the ability to apply for work authorizations, obtain driver’s licenses, obtain health care, open a bank account and receive in-state college tuition. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to think of the many families who will be impacted by their decision.”

Advancing Justice | AAJC joined a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor and social service groups in filing anamicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review this case.

For more information about the case, read our fact sheet “Immigration Relief After Texas v. United States and read stories of Asian Americans impacted by the president’s executive actions.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. working to fight for civil and human rights and empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to participate in our democracy. Advancing Justice | AAJC is part of a national affiliation that also includes Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Chicago and Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.