For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jason Miller
FAN Director of Campaigns
Franciscans Heartbroken over Today's Supreme Court Decision in U.S. vs. Texas
4-4 Tie Underscores the Need for a Ninth Supreme Court Justice
Washington, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is deeply disappointed in the outcome of today's Supreme Court's deadlock decision on the expansion of DACA and DAPA. The Supreme Court had an opportunity to ensure that families are kept together. Instead, they have proven to our immigrant brothers and sisters that they must live in fear. They have shown Americans that it is acceptable to demonize those who are living in the shadows.
"The Supreme Court's callous decision to tear families apart just feeds into the nativist narrative of 'us vs. them,'" said Sr. Marie Lucey, Franciscan Action Network's Director of Advocacy. "The United States is a land of immigrants and children should be able to live without fear that one or both of their parents will be taken away from them. This decision also shows the importance of having nine Supreme Court justices."
While this is a setback for immigrant families, the battle is not over. FAN will not stop advocating for our immigrant brothers and sisters until every member of our community can live in dignity, without fear of being separated from their families.
Immediate action must be taken. FAN calls on Congress to once again take up comprehensive immigration reform and to confirm President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. FAN calls on President Obama to stop deporting our immigrant brothers and sisters who are escaping gang violence and war in their home countries.
FAN implores the Department of Justice to continue to work aggressively in defense of the legality of these programs. We urge them to seek a rehearing before a full court as soon as possible. Immigrant families -- and all Americans -- deserve a decisive answer, not a hung jury.
The stakes are simply too high.
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. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/