Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 on whether to affirm the lower court’s injunction blocking implementation of two of President Obama’s key immigration policies, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While this split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, it means that for now the lower court’s injunction stands.
The Supreme Court’s failure to reach a decision on this historic case has left uncertain the fate of 5 million eligible immigrants who currently reside in the US and their families, and at least for now eliminates the opportunity for those families to work and live without fear of deportation.
“The devastating failure to reach a decision unblocking implementation of DAPA and the expansion of DACA keeps millions of undocumented immigrants at risk of being unable to access the care they need to survive in this country. It could also rip millions of families apart, doing irreparable harm to a community that has already had to face barriers and discrimination in this country. We at Planned Parenthood will continue to see patients regardless of who they are, or where they are from – no matter what.” — Daniela Ramirez, Assistant Director of Latino Media, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America believes that the ability to stay together, in the same country, as a family, is an integral part of what it means to have a happy and complete life. That’s why we continue to support steps towards comprehensive immigration reform because it improves access to basic health care.
“Undocumented people are our neighbors, our classmates, our colleagues, and friends. I am undocumented. We are a vital part of our community. I am part of a mixed-status family, without DACA it was much more difficult to go about my normal life, to go to school, get a job, travel, and access health care. Since I was granted DACA I have seen how invaluable it is. It has allowed me to be able to stay in this country with my family and grow and advance in my career. I’m terrified to know that this sense of security is now at stake, and disillusioned that the justice system has missed this opportunity to stand with American families, with families like mine.” — Miriam Cadenas, Planned Parenthood Nevada, Raiz Volunteer
Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everyone, regardless of their immigration status. And we believe that health has no borders: Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of PPFA, partners with more than 100 organizations across Africa and Latin America — including some of the countries of origin of many potential beneficiaries of DAPA/expanded DACA — to help advance the health and rights of young people, women, and families with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved.
We are hopeful that after the Supreme Court vacancy has been filled, that this issue will return to and be decided by a full court. And that the Supreme Court will have an opportunity to finally lift this unnecessary block on immigration policies.