October 3, 2016
Contact: Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator
FAN Deplores Supreme Court Denial of Justice for Immigrants
Washington, D.C. - The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) joins immigrant rights groups and faith organizations in criticizing today’s U.S. Supreme Court refusal to rehear arguments in United States vs Texas, again denying millions of immigrant families the opportunity to benefit from the President’s executive actions to offer DAPA and expand DACA.
In their last session, the eight-member Court failed to reach a majority which allowed a lower court ruling to stand, thus blocking implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These actions would have allowed eligible undocumented immigrants to stay together as families and work in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation. The U.S. Justice Department filed a motion in July, asking to reargue the case once a ninth Justice is confirmed.
“FAN deplores the October 3 decision of the Court to decline a rehearing, once again dashing the hopes of millions of immigrants,” stated Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF, FAN Director of Advocacy. “A rehearing was deemed appropriate by many legal experts. The Justices have failed the immigrant community, our country, and their own responsibility. This failure underscores the need for a fully functioning Court, so we call on the Senate to quickly confirm a ninth Justice.”
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.