The U.S. Supreme Court's 4-4 split leaves millions of families in legal limbo.
June 23, 2016
Today’s 4-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on U.S. v. Texas is a non-decision. While it let the lower court’s injunction of the DAPA program stand, it did not rule that the program is unconstitutional. Still, the ruling has a severe negative impact because by allowing the lower federal court decision to stand, there are serious consequences for millions of families in America, whose lives now remain in legal limbo.
The national American Civil Liberties Union joined an amicus brief in this case. At the state level, we at the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa join a broad coalition of immigrants and allies across the state in expressing profound sadness at this result. We will also keep fighting. We believe that in setting the DAPA guidelines, President Obama exercised the same prosecutorial discretion that his predecessors have wielded without controversy and that ultimately the courts should hold that the action was lawful.
Today we also renew our call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship.
We also wish to reassure the thousands of young people in Iowa who rely on the President's 2012 DACA Program that it does indeed remain in place after today’s ruling. Those young dreamers who were awarded DACA have not lost it through today’s decision.
-Erica Johnson, Advocacy Director