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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), co-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s Immigration Task Force, released the following statement after the Supreme Court’s 4-4 split decision on U.S. v. Texas, which was a lower-court challenge to the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. This deadlocked case affects millions of citizens and non-citizens, many of whom are Latino.

“I am deeply disappointed by Supreme Court’s abject failure to provide millions of immigrant families with clarity and guidance as their stability hangs in the balance. It’s vital to remember that while the Supreme Court’s tied decision doesn’t set precedent and doesn’t constitute a decision on the merits, this is still a devastating blow for hard-working immigrant families. Too many families are already suffering at the hands of our dysfunctional immigration system, and now will continue to suffer.

“Allowing DAPA and the expanded DACA programs to move forward would have allowed many hard-working immigrant families to come out of the shadows. President Obama’s executive actions shielding qualifying immigrant families have commonsense enforcement priorities and follow precedents set in the last 50 years by Presidents from both parties.

“It’s seriously regrettable that the Supreme Court refused to make clear decision on the constitutionality of the President’s executive actions. This infuriating indecision displays a demeaning lack of compassion towards immigrants and their families. Immigrant families, regardless of legal status, deserve justice and dignity. It is, after all, what our country was founded on.

“Our battle for comprehensive immigration reform is not over, neither in Congress nor in the Courts. More than ever, I’m unshaken in my belief that comprehensive immigration reform is the moral imperative of our nation. Today I recommit to fighting for families and for justice and dignity for all migrants. The fight is not over.”

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