Schakowsky Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Immigration Actions

June 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on the President’s immigration actions:

“I am disappointed and angered that the Supreme Court deadlocked in today’s 4-4 decision on the President’s immigration actions. This reckless decision means that families and communities will continue to be ripped apart. Under 6 U.S. Code § 202, the Administration is charged with “establishing national immigration enforcement policies and priorities.”  The President, like the 11 presidents before him, chose to use that legal authority.  He acted to extend deportation relief to undocumented children who were brought to the United States at a young age and to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.  Every President since Eisenhower has taken legal action on immigration, it should be no different for this President.   Despite this decision, no one should be confused that the President has the authority to set immigration enforcement priorities and policies. 

“Let’s remember that President Obama acted because Republicans in Congress wouldn’t – refusing to bring up comprehensive immigration reform for a vote.  Senate Republicans then refused to even hold a hearing to consider the President’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. They knew that the President had the legal authority to act, the only way to stop him was to obstruct a qualified nominee and deadlock the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision is damaging and wrong, but it won’t break our resolve in the fight for immigration reform.  By working together both inside and outside the halls of Congress, we will succeed.”

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