Her Justice Statement on the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Texas

We at Her Justice join with immigrant communities throughout the United States in expressing disappointment at yesterday’s Supreme Court decision United States v. Texas on President Obama’s expansion of deferred action for immigrant families. Although the decision sets no precedent, the Court blocked a sensible plan that would have offered stability and safety to millions of immigrants and their children in the United States.

“Our clients are women who have been subjected to abuse and violence, and are now struggling to provide for their children.  Denying them the ability to work lawfully and achieve stability in their communities exacerbates their trauma and makes them vulnerable to revictimization. We hope that there will be a resource for these determined and hard-working mothers soon,” said Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch.

The decision does not impact the many individuals who have already been granted deferred action or applicants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was not at issue in this case.

While the decision is a blow, it is not the end of the road. Her Justice will continue to support common sense immigration reforms, participate in community activities to protect the rights of immigrants and keep our clients and stakeholders informed of all developments in law and policy. We are committed to working with immigrant families in New York City so that we can all live in safety, stability and dignity.

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