Briceño: Dark Robed Justices Robbed Justice for Four Million People

The Supreme Court Supreme Court ruling on the Obama Administration’s immigration executive actions that would have expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and created Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) is a setback for the hopes of more than four million people.

True to the adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, the four dark robed Supreme Court “judges” of our nation robbed justice from more than four million people in our country.

I allege that the Supreme Court judges robbed justice from the people they ought to defend because I do believe that the courts should decide cases with the spirit of justice and not merely by the letter of the law.

Another way to make a distinction between laws and justice is to say that laws are important for an orderly society but justice is critical for a societal well-being. Laws are meant to regulate the conduct of a human society while justice is supposed to render to people what they deserve. And, we cannot barter justice for public order else I fear we will lose them both.

I believe that the four million people deserve justice and not a denial of it despite of their unduly long wait. They work hard, pay taxes and are not only critical to the economic engine of our nation but are essential to further enrich the ever-changing social mosaic of our nation.

The immigrant community will continue to lift our voices and push for the over 11 million people to have a pathway to Citizenship.

History will not be kind in its memory of today’s Supreme Court ruling, a travesty of justice rooted in the same racism and classism that has always informed the most shameful rulings of the highest court in our land. The Supreme Court’s nine words verdict; “the judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court,” should be read as; “we are equally united to divide four million families.”

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