Catholic Charities Statement on Supreme Court Deadlock

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses this recent Supreme Court decision with city officials and community leaders 

Today, the Supreme Court announced a 4-4 ruling in U.S. vs. Texas, the highly contentious case questioning the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2014 immigration administrative relief programs.

The Supreme Court’s tied decision means that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is upheld and that the two programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) are indefinitely enjoined from implementation nationwide. This ruling does not impact the original 2012 DACA program. 

Sadly, this decision will deprive hundreds of thousands of immigrants the opportunity to come out of the shadows, work legally, and live free from the threat of deportation.

Catholic Charities has long worked to welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees. Today’s decision is certainly a stumbling block, but we will continue to serve those who need our help, non-Catholic and Catholic alike, with sound legal services and referrals. 
DACA+ and DAPA are not currently going forward and individuals should protect themselves from potentially becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Anyone with questions on today’s Supreme Court decision, seeking information, or access to legal services should call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 888.566.7636

"While extremely disappointed and frustrated by the ongoing pain that this causes to millions of our neighbors, Catholic Charities remains undeterred in our commitment to serve newcomers to the United States and to advocating for fair and humane immigration reform that continues the welcoming attitude that has made this country strong, vibrant and innovative."
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
Executive Director
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York