On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court reached a 4-4 tie on President Obama’s 2014 executive action for immigrants, meaning that the injunction on the DAPA and expanded DACA programs will remain in effect for the time being. The MCC Washington Office statement on the verdict is below. For more information, here are two helpful FAQs (as additional resources become available, they will be posted on our immigration resource page):
MCC Washington Office statement, June 24, 2016:
Supreme Court ties on DAPA/DACA case
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced they were unable to come to a decision on the DAPA/DACA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) case due to a 4-4 tie by the justices. While this outcome does not set a precedent which would forbid the program from being enacted, it does mean that the lower court injunction temporarily stopping the DAPA and expanded DACA programs from going into effect will continue. You can read more about the ruling here.
The case will now go back to the lower courts and wind its way back up to the Supreme Court. However, in the meantime, millions of immigrants who would have been eligible for the programs will still be at risk of deportation. Today’s ruling does not impact the original DACA program that began in 2012 and which has provided protection from deportation and work permits to thousands of young adults.
As we wait for the DAPA/DACA case to wind its way back through the court system, we will continue to work for other policies that stop needless deportations and keep families together, including a comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system.