SEIU Lauds DOJ’s Swift Action to Defend President’s Immigration Action on Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC – Today as advocacy groups mobilize Latino, Asian America and immigrant voters across the country in honor of the anniversary of president’s immigration action, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has swiftly acted within ten days, filing a request to the Supreme Court to appeal the 5th Circuit’s ruling that upheld the block against the deferred action initiatives (DAPA and expanded DACA).

The Supreme Court is expected to decide on whether to accept the case for review in early 2016. If the court agrees to review the case, a decision can come as soon as June 2016.

Rocio Saenz, SEIU’s Executive Vice President and leading immigration reform advocate, issued the following statement: 

“We applaud the Department of Justice’s swift action to defend the president’s immigration initiatives.

“The hope of millions of American families is once again renewed as the road to the Supreme Court begins. We strongly urge the high court to accept the DOJ’s request and uphold justice for so many communities who long to come out of the shadows of ‘undocumented.’

“It’s time we move past the hateful politicking and clear the path for DAPA and expanded DACA. It’s the right thing to do. And, we’ll continue to fight to that end, now and into 2016, ensuring the next president of our nation protects these initiatives.”

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