Organizations Urge Lawmakers to Reject Brief Opposing Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice is one of the organizations urging members of the House of Representatives to stand up against hate by voting no


Contact: Marlene Peralta, for NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice 646.601.4267

Beatriz Lopez, [email protected], 202-412-7396

WASHINGTON – Today, more than fifty immigrant rights organizations from across the country released an open letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to stand up against hate by voting against a resolution to be filed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). This resolution would authorize the House body to file an official amicus brief in the case pending before the Supreme Court (U.S. v. Texas) that challenges President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The signers of the letter include some of the largest Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and immigrant rights organizations, as well as labor and faith groups. The list includes the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, Center for Community Change, United We Dream, Faith in Public Life, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the National Immigration Law Center and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) among others.

More than 200 Democratic Members of Congress have signed onto a different amicus brief in support of the immigration deferred action initiatives, which would bring many long-term immigrant residents out of the shadows. No Republicans joined that brief, not even those with significant numbers of Latino or Asian American constituents. Republicans who want to prevent immigrants from benefitting from deferred action initiatives have not put their own names on a brief. Instead, if Ryan’s unprecedented resolution passes, a brief would be filed that purports to speak for the entire House.

The letter signed by over fifty groups states in part:   

We ask you to speak up publicly against hate and vote against House Speaker Paul Ryan’s resolution intended to stop the President’s immigration executive actions. Those executive actions represent the dreams and aspirations of millions of children, parents and families who have built lives here, who contribute to our economy and our communities and who believe in the promise of America. Once implemented, President Obama’s immigration executive action will keep those families together and transform their lives. In doing so it will make our nation a better place to live for all of us. 

The full open letter issued by these organizations is attached.

The full list of letter signers is as follows:
Alliance for Citizenship; America's Voice (AV); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Arab American Association of New York; Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF); Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC); Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles; CARECEN-DC; CASA in Action; Cabrini Immigrant Services of New York City; Caring Across Generations; Center for Community Change/Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); Center for Popular Democracy (CPD); Centro de Legalizacion; Coalition on Human Needs (CHN); Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC); Connecticut Working Families Organization; Damayan Migrant Workers Association; El Centro Hispanoamericano; El Pueblo, Inc.; Faith in New York; Faith in Public Life; Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition; iAmerica Action; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR); Jobs With Justice; Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC); Korean Resource Center (KRC); Long Island Wins; Make the Road Connecticut; Make the Road New Jersey; Make the Road Pennsylvania; Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders; Mexican Coalition; Mi Familia Vota; National Association of Social Workers (NASW); National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA); National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON); National Employment Law Project (NELP); National Immigration Law Center (NILC); National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC); New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice; New Virginia Majority; New York Asian Women's Center; New York Immigration Coalition; New York State AFL-CIO; New York State Immigrant Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN); Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC); Rev. Tony Suarez; UNITE HERE; United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); United We Dream (UWD); Voces de la Frontera; Voto Latino; Workers Defense Project; Workmen's Circle