Immigrant Advocates Say The Supreme Court Decision To Rule on President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration is a “Step Forward”

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 

Trenton, NJ – Members of the Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) released the following statements today commending The Supreme Court for announcing it would make a decision regarding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

President Obama’s executive order would grant relief to millions of immigrants through the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Resident (DAPA) and the extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

New Jersey is home to over 400,000 undocumented immigrants and at least half would qualify in the Supreme Court rules in favor of DAPA and DACA.

“It really gives me great joy and hope that they will review the case. This is a very important step and I pray to God that the highest court hears all the suffering that families like mine really go through. I have been living here for 16 years with a son who is an American citizen and each and everyday day we both live under deep uncertainty. I am convinced that this relief not only helps immigrant families but it strengthens the economy of this country and this is great for all. I hope this becomes a reality,” said Maria Sanchez , volunteer at Wind of the Spirit, Immigrant Resource Center.

(Spanish version) “Realmente me da mucha alegria y esperanza escuchar que van a revisar el caso. Este es un paso muy importante y le pido a Dios que esa corte escuche realmente los sufrimientos de familias como la mia. Tengo 16 años y un hijo ciudadano de este pais y cada dia es una incertidumbre para los dos. Estoy convencida que tener este alivio migratoria no solamente ayuda a las familias inmigrantes sino que fortifica la economia de este pais y eso es bueno para todos. Ojala este se haga una realidad”, dijo Maria Sanchez , voluntaria de Wind of the Spirit, Immigrant Resource Center

"Today I feel hopeful that DAPA will forward. As the father of two American children, I worry every day about being separated from my family because of our broken immigration system, even more so with the recent raids. If DAPA is upheld, I will be able to provide for my children, get a better job and keep my family safe," said Edison Hernandez, member of Make the Road NJ in Elizabeth, NJ.

“Now that the Supreme Court has decided to hear the case it must choose the common-sense immigration actions over the politics of fear. These federal actions on immigration are a clear, simple and important step forward for millions of immigrants across the nation. And as a state with many immigrants, New Jersey clearly has a lot to gain,” says New Jersey Policy Perspective policy analyst Erika J. Nava. “Most importantly, more than 200,000 New Jerseyans would directly benefit and be better integrated into the state’s social and economic fabric. And when these folks are allowed to participate more fully in our communities, they’ll help give an important boost to the state’s economy, as well as put their own families on clearer paths out of poverty.”

"We will continue fighting for the DAPA program, which would give real hope to our immigrant families that have been waiting decades for Washington to make good on its promise of immigration reform. At the same time, as long as ICE continues detaining and deporting members of our community, we will continue working to protect our immigrant families, including those who would not qualify for the DAPA program," said Vera Parra, Newark Community Organizer, Faith in New Jersey.