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OCCORD Denounces Supreme Court Rulings on DAPA and Expanded DACA

ANAHEIM, CA – The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 4-4 on Mondayin a split decision that upholds a lower court’s ruling against President Barack Obama’s proposed immigration policies, DAPA and expanded DACA, which sought to provide deportation relief to million of immigrants across the country.

We are extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court decision today.” says Ada F. Briceño, OCCORD interim Executive Director and UNITE HERE! Local 11 Secretary – Treasurer. “They failed to bring much needed relief to community members all over the country who live with the fear of deportation and worry about how tehy will support their families.”

Today’s loss follows a drawn-out legal battle. In November 2015, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville issue an injunction against the policies alongside 26 states, claiming they violated federal immigration laws. After being held up at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the case was taken to the Supreme Court last January for judicial review.

The Supreme Court’s split ruling on U.S. v. Texas dealt a blow to the possibility of extending temporary lawful status to over four million undocumented immigrants. Now, many are faced with the threat of increased deportation raids and workplace attacks because of their legal status. Implementation of Obama’s proposed immigration policies would have otherwise allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits and other vital resources.

Immigrants form an important part of our communities. They are our neighbors, our co-workers, and our friends. OCCORD is committed to continue to fight for the rights of hard working immigrants to improve the quality of life for communities and cities across Orange County and America as a whole. Since OCCORD began holding citizenship fairs, we have helped over 5,000 permanent legal residents fill out their citizenship applications and hundreds of DACA renewals and applications in our DACA clinics.

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