January 19, 2016
Decision is a hopeful sign that the rights of immigrants will be protected
The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) joins the immigrant community in applauding the decision of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 19th, to hear the Texas v. US case regarding President Obama’s executive actions to extend DACA and implement DAPA. This is a step forward for nearly 5 million immigrants whose lives would be made more secure if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the administration. Young immigrants and undocumented parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents should be given the opportunity to apply for a work permit and temporary relief from deportation. The next step is for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“FAN applauds the Supreme Court for its decision to hear this case, and will continue to work with the immigrant community and other faith based organizations to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.” stated Sister Marie Lucey, FAN’s Director of Advocacy. “We believe that the President’s executive actions are legal and in accord with actions taken by previous presidents from both parties. But a favorable decision by the Supreme Court, while providing relief for millions of immigrants, would be only temporary. The permanent fix of our country’s broken immigration system lies with the US Congress.”
The Supreme Court announcement was a step in the right direction. FAN calls on Congress to follow suit and pass comprehensive immigration reform to ensure that immigrant families and children are protected, especially those fleeing violence and persecution.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights.