Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration Programs is a Devastating Blow to Millions, DeGette Says

Jun 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DCCongresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) expressed disappointment in today’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of United States vs Texas. The decision blocks the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), programs that would provide a path to citizenship for certain undocumented residents in the United States.

“Today’s ruling is a devastating blow to millions of people in Colorado and across America,” said DeGette. “Those who would have been eligible for DAPA and DACA will continue to live with the daily fear of deportation that tears families apart and destroys economic opportunity.”

Initiated by the Obama Administration in 2014, DAPA provided additional time to review the legal appeals of undocumented residents identified for deportation whose children are U.S. citizens. This program, accompanied by DACA, has protected those with significant family and community ties to the United States and allowed law enforcement agencies to focus their attention instead on undocumented individuals who pose a public safety risk.

Texas and 25 other states challenged these programs on the grounds that they were an overreach of executive power and prohibitively expensive for states to maintain. Last April, DeGette and other Democratic leaders in Congress filed an amicus brief with the court affirming the constitutionality of DAPA/DACA and the potential benefits they could provide for millions of people across America.

Despite the ruling, DeGette remains confident that DACA and DAPA have created a blueprint that will help make comprehensive immigration reform a reality.

“I commend President Obama’s efforts to reform our broken immigration system through these programs,” she said, “and I hope that the next administration and Congress will partner to provide real solutions for millions of undocumented people working to achieve their American dream.”