March 28, 2023


Washington, D.C. (Jan. 19, 2016) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday announced its decision to hear arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the case regarding President Obama’s executive actions to provide temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and eligible parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The expansion of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program has been halted due to ongoing litigation.  CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17) issued the following statements:

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive orders that would defer deportation for approximately 4.7 million aspiring Americans living in the U.S. The largest initiatives included an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. On November 9, 2015 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled 2-1 to uphold a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the President’s deferred deportation programs. The implementation of both programs has been suspended until ongoing litigation is resolved.

Leading up to the President’s executive actions, CAPAC Members met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and senior White House aides, Cecilia Munoz and Neil Eggleston, to discuss the need to prioritize family unity in immigration reform. A copy of CAPAC’s executive action recommendations to Secretary Jeh Johnson can be found here.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“With over 11 million undocumented immigrants forced into the shadows – over one million of whom come from Asia or the Pacific Islands – I have fought for years for immigration reform that will keep families together and bolster our economy. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I urged the President to use his executive authority to take action after House Republicans stalled legislative efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform last Congress. That is why I was overjoyed when President Obama announced an expansion of the already successful DACA program and created the DAPA program. These actions would enable families to stay together and allow immigrants to continue to work and contribute to our economy with dignity and without the fear of deportation.

“I was disappointed when the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s injunction, but I knew it was only a temporary setback. Allowing these aspiring Americans to continue to work and contribute without fear of deportation or being separated from their families is the right thing to do morally, economically, and legally. I am confident that the Supreme Court will uphold President Obama’s programs as lawful exercises of executive discretion.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair:

“It is an important step for all immigrant communities that the Supreme Court has decided to consider the case on the President’s decision to expand temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who came here as children and to extend it to undocumented parents of US citizens and legal residents. I am optimistic that the Supreme Court will find that these programs are clearly within the President’s legal authority and recognize their far-reaching effects on the immigrant communities that compose the fabric of our nation. It is past time for millions of undocumented Americans to be able to come out of the shadows.”


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.

6 thoughts on “CAPAC welcomes Supreme Court decision to hear U.S. v. Texas Case


    High on the issue list should
    be jobs and the economy, but finding decent employment has been intercepted in
    the Omnibus budget, that is costing taxpayers $1.1 trillion dollars and the GOP
    establishment led by Speaker Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. They added an open
    door by welcoming some hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants on HB-1 visas,
    whilst we have millions of Americans who unable to get a job to feed their
    families. Whereas King Obama who should
    have been impeached, with his incompetent running of the country. He has trod
    on our immigration laws and has attracted unsubstantiated numbers of families
    and unaccompanied children that have not been sent back, which the Mexican
    authorities dumped on us. Just released information from Homeland Security over
    500.000 people overstayed their visa. To me by default, they became illegal
    aliens and more people adding to the welfare rolls?

    This assault on our
    sovereignty by a unswerving response to King Obamas preferential treatment of
    illegal aliens, although Donald Trump has a different stance and after the
    removal of the man in the White House. Trump will not only start the
    repatriation of millions of illegal immigrants through MANDATED E-VERIFY, Exit
    and entry bio digital scanning methods, including exercising his right to implementing
    ICE raids across the country.

    Trumps other immediate orders
    will be construct the giant wall, which he has the ingenuity to accomplish
    ending the invasion once and for all, in additionally disrupting the toxic
    commerce of drugs.

    Probably the most outrageous
    issue is the terrible fast track free trade agreement, which is adding to our
    overall deficit. Foreign countries either play by the rules, or be heavily
    taxed when they import their goods to our great consumer nation. Once, as they
    put it, ‘WE HAVE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD’, and taxes are lowered for
    corporations, and other business entities. Trump has stated that companies that
    have vanished to foreign countries and taken our jobs and mega multinationals
    will return home. Millions of American workers disenfranchised by jobs going
    abroad or Mexico, which companies will need a pool of workers to
    produces our products here.

    Trump has in every dialogue
    has supported the Veterans and Senior Citizens, with the promise of better days
    ahead. No more corruption emanating from the VA, and more care at the federal
    hospitals and home for every soldier, returning from engagement.

    To me and millions of
    patriotic Americans are sick and tired the way has been treated by this
    administration, including Senior Citizens. How could this government keep
    taking in foreign nationals who should not be here and assume their financial
    survival, thus far turning a blind eye to less fortunate citizens and
    legitimate immigrants? Both sides of Congress are culpable for this complete
    rejection of our Bill of rights, where Americans must have first precedence.

    Most issues are dwarfed to
    rebuilding of our military, which is another stringent pledge from Trump as the
    front runner. Our right as Americans to be armed with a weapon of our choice
    shall not be infringed, according to the second amendment and Mr. Trump.

    Agencies that should be
    controlled by the individual states will be returned and not run by
    bureaucrats. Common Core will be abolished; Environmental Protection Agency
    (EPA) Department of Education will all be subject to local control.

    Obamacare which was an
    executive order had been self imposed by King Obama and can be repealed as
    Trump has committed himself to do.

    Other issues will be under
    the gun and condemned by Trump if shown to be obsolete and no longer essential

    Still want answers to the
    illegal alien invasion and the complicity between both political Parties on
    this front burner issue. Read more at CAPSWEB http;//
    I don’t think the Republican leaders are taking with any importance the
    Democratic push to recruit more foreigners of their ilk, who will without any
    conscious register non citizens to vote. The elitists in the Republican Party
    are more concerned about their cheap labor, which will cease to exist once
    Donald Trump is elected.


  2. NOTE & WARNING: The links provided below contain direct quotes from Obama and his officials.
    Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals
    Audits, fines drop for employers

    “President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement.”

    The Left-Leaning LA Times posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the “high” deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President’s policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don’t have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.

    Even Obama in 2011, called the deportation numbers deceptive when talking to Hispanic voters. President Obama said statistics that show his administration is on track to deport more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration are misleading.

    “The statistics are a little deceptive,” he said Wednesday in an online discussion aimed at Hispanic voters.”

    “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen,” John Sandweg, until recently the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xkzioeHR
    Immigration Reform 2015: Obama’s Priority Enforcement Program Protects 87 Percent Of Undocumented Immigrants, Report Finds

    “The refocus in law enforcement efforts has effectively protected 9.6 million of the United States’ estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, the report found. In all, a full implementation of Obama’s changes would reduce annual deportations to approximately 25,000…”
    “The federal government’s chief deportation agency has seen its success plummet under President Obama, and its chief, Sarah R. Saldana, will tell Congress on Tuesday that they’ve had trouble adapting to the changing face of illegal immigration and a lack of cooperation from both American cities and from foreign countries.

    Ms. Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says in testimony prepared for the House Judiciary Committee that the dramatic drop in deportations is a reflection of a trickier set of circumstances and pressures from all sides.

    She said she had to pull agents off their regular duties during last summer’s illegal immigrant surge at the border, which meant fewer people focusing on deporting the longtime illegal immigrants living in the interior of the U.S. And she said the lack of cooperation from states, counties and cities when agents ask them to hold an illegal immigrant for pickup has also hindered efforts.”

    For Obama, Executive Order on Immigration Would Be a Turnabout
    “President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”

    Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.”
    Obama’s Immigration Amnesia

    “…, Obama said he lacked the legal authority to suspend deportation of family members. Now, he says he has just such legal authority.”

  4. Here’s where Obama and his administration has already defied the injunction by giving previous DACA recipients benefits under his EO (Memo):

    Here’s where the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed another “Advisory” with U.S.
    District Judge Andrew Hanen, confessing that the Department of Homeland
    Security (DHS) had given three year DACA permits to 2,000 applicants
    even after Judge Hanen issued an injunction on February 16 blocking all such approvals.

    30 Million Illegal Immigrants in US, Says Mexico’s Former Ambassador on MSNBC

    “The former ambassador stated,” If you were to deport the 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States that’s going to cost you about 130 billion dollars.”
    Thousands of unaccompanied children crossed US-Mexico border in October
    US Border Arrests Of Immigrant Children And Families Increased 52 Percent in August

    “According to statistics released by the U.S. Border Patrol nearly 10,000 unaccompanied minors and families were arrested in the month of August, a 52 percent jump from last year.”
    Immigration Reform 2015: Immigrant Families Surging Again At US Border, Homeland Security Says

    “Federal border officials might have spoken too soon when they predicted earlier this year that the level of illegal immigration to the U.S. among mothers and children would decrease. There was actually a surge of immigrant families crossing U.S. borders last month [July 2015], a top Department of Homeland Security official told a federal court Thursday.”
    Surge of illegal children, families accelerates 10,000 caught at border in September

    “The surge of children and families crossing the southwest border illegally accelerated again in September, leaving fiscal year 2015 the second-worst on record, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Border Patrol.”
    Ongoing Migration from Central America: An Examination of FY2015 Apprehensions
    Agents say just 40 percent of U.S.-Mexico border under control
    20 percent of illegals caught at border have criminal records

    “Less than half of the U.S.-Mexico border is under “operational control,” and one out of every five illegal immigrants caught there has a criminal record, the chief of Border Patrol agents’ labor union told Congress Wednesday when detailing violence that increasingly spills over the international boundary.”

  6. An Atlantic Monthly article that shows that most economists’ thinking that an increased influx of immigrants provides more jobs for Americans is FALSE and does harm jobs for US workers and the economy:
    The Conscience Of A Liberal–Paul Krugman

    “First, the benefits of immigration to the population already here are small.
    ” But as Mr. Hanson explains in his paper, reasonable calculations suggest that we’re talking about very small numbers, perhaps as little as 0.1 percent of GDP.

    “My second negative point is that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. That’s just supply and demand…

    “Finally, the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. ”

    Also, it is patently untrue that “immigrants” are the solution to low rate of start-ups:

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