From our friends at Causa Oregon:
Causa Denounces Tied Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration Policies
Just now, the Supreme Court ruled that “an equally divided court” was unable to reach a decision on DAPA and Expansion of DACA. The injunction on both programs remains in place nationwide and the case returns to the conservative federal judge in Brownsville, TX, stalling deportation relief and work permits to 5 million undocumented people nationally, and 63,000 in Oregon alone.
While today’s split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, these important, commonsense policies will unfortunately remain blocked nationwide because of the overreach by a single district court judge in Texas. The fact remains, DAPA and DACA+ are commonsense programs that are lawful, constitutional, and consistent with decades of actions taken by presidents of both parties.
The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Instead, they have failed to provide this service to the American people, and our communities will continue to suffer as a result.
Today’s deadlock is a setback for immigrant families, but this battle is not over. We will explore all legal options at our disposal. Unfortunately this will not be a quick process and many families will needlessly suffer in the interim. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.
While today’s erroneous outcome is deeply disappointing, it does not impact DACA 2012, which was not at issue in this case. Individuals eligible for the original DACA program may still apply.
This is all about politics for our opponents, but for us, it’s personal. We know that justice will eventually prevail, and we are committed to continuing the fight for our families. We will never forget the lengths the politicians who brought this meritless lawsuit went through to tear our families apart and demean our communities. With elections fast approaching, we will remind the voters in our families to turnout to vote for leaders that support keeping families together.