“We will continue to fight for hope, not hate.”
Today, the Supreme Court’s split decision in U.S. v. Texas effectively allows the block on President Obama’s immigration actions, DAPA and expanded DACA, to continue.
Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and Provisional President of SEIU Local 2015, released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court’s decision does not mark the end of a fight. Instead, it further fuels our passion to end an injustice that is affecting millions of people who contribute every day to this country and call America their home.
“We have shown over and over again that the immigrant community and allies will not back down. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, we vow to fight on for a resolution to our broken immigration system, to elect those who will take a stand with us, and to make our voices loud and clear.
“This is an injustice, but the end is far from over.”
David Huerta, President of SEIU USWW, released the following statement on the impact of the decision and the upcoming election:
“It’s not over. This movement will not stop until every member of our community can live with dignity and without fear of deportation. Come November, with the power of our vote we will hold accountable those extremist Republicans who have stood in the way of families with their anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric.”
According to Center for American Progress, there are approximately 1,522,000 undocumented immigrants in California who are eligible for deferred action under President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. If they are able to receive a temporary work permit, it would lead to a nearly $76 billion cumulative increase in state GDP and the creation of thousands of jobs.