The attorneys of Parker Butte & Lane (PBL), all members of the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision in United States v. Texas, the case considering Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+ ).
“Our chapter joins millions of immigrant families across the country who are deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision,” PBL partner and former chapter chair, Gretel Ness, said. She continued, “This tied vote means that the lower court’s injunction stands and DAPA and the expansion of DACA cannot be implemented now. As a result, families in Oregon will continue to live in fear of separation and our economy will continue to miss out. However, the case will go back to the lower courts and may indeed make its way back to the Supreme Court again. In the meantime, we remind immigrants in our community not to trust notarios or immigration consultants who may try to take advantage of any confusion surrounding this news. The AILA members of the Oregon chapter will continue to fight until there is relief for immigrant families.
“What we really need though, is what we’ve needed all along – smart, balanced immigration reform that brings our laws into the 21st century. Earlier this year, PBL partner Dagmar Butte visited the offices of Oregon members of Congress in Washington, DC to emphasize the need for real reforms. In each meeting she laid out examples of immigrants making contributions to the community, and highlighted ways our laws could be reformed to increase our shared prosperity. She emphasized that what we need is Congress to lead on this important issue because thus far our nation has failed to find a workable solution to the problems faced by immigrants, businesses, employers, and state and local governments. This decision makes the need for Congress to act all the more imperative” said Ness.
AILA Doc. No. 16062334