(January 19, 2016, Washington, D.C.)—Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Fifth Court of Appeal’s decision blocking the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By agreeing to hear the challenge to the Fifth Circuit Court’s ruling, the Supreme Court has the chance to positively affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants and their families, many of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Executive Director Kate Kendell:
“The U.S. Supreme Court today did the right thing in taking this case, which has far-reaching implications for millions of American families seeking a measure of freedom and for the ability of the President to effectively establish national immigration priorities—as expressly authorized by Congress. We have seen firsthand through our work assisting thousands of LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers the impact that our immigration laws have on our community. We are hopeful the Court will restore DAPA and DACA and lift the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over so many children and families.”