by DRM Action Coalition | October 3, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Just a few hours, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rehear a petition by the White House to revive his plan to spare from deportation millions of immigrants once it had a full complement of nine justices, Cesar Vargas, Esq. Director of the Dream Action Coalition has issued the following statement:
“When the lives of millions of American familie are on the line, it is disappointing the highest court of the land will not rehear this case in an expedited manner even when the court is fully staffed with nine justices. The Supreme Court is a separate branch of government that should move the nation forward as the Constitution intended not just wait and perpetuate the status quo of a dysfunctional Congress. Nevertheless, the original legal action is still in its early trial stages in the Texas federal court and it can still reach the Supreme Court via a normal but long route. We are confident the President has the authority.
Most importantly, President Obama and the incoming President should not just wait for the courts or Congress. The President still has power, already granted by statutory authority, to allow Dreamers to serve in the military and compell the Department of Homeland Security to end their private prison contracts. He or she can still administer a system that is humane and keeps families together, not one that rewards private prisons for incarcerating immigrants or deports hard working parents.”