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Brief filed in Supreme Court case to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation

March 7, 2016: Students, business owners, trade workers, caregivers, parents, and people who have fled violence – these are the individuals threatened with deportation for being undocumented immigrants. In November 2014, President Barack Obama issued a number of executive actions that would temporarily relieve the fear of deportation for the millions of young people who have been in the U.S. since they were children, as well as the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. But these programs, the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents initiative (DAPA), are facing a lawsuit from 26 states and are on hold due to an injunction upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case now moves to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral argument set for April 18, 2016.

On March 7, the Public Justice Center joined 325 immigration, civil rights, labor and social service groups in filing an amici curiae brief in the case, United States v. Texas. The brief profiled a number of undocumented individuals whom the injunction has denied the  opportunity to apply for temporary deferral of deportation. It highlights the tremendous contributions that formerly undocumented immigrants have made to their communities and the United States. DAPA and DACA stand to benefit not only immigrants, U.S. citizen children, and their families, but also their employers, employees, and the communities where they live.



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