Immigration Reform Blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court
- New York 06/23/2016 by Linda Perry (WBAI News)


That’s what immigrants are feeling today as the Supreme Court blocked efforts to move President Obama’s immigration reform forward. It  would have shielded millions of immigrants from deportation and made them eligible for work permits.

Daniel Altschuler with Make the Road NY says it's a set back for immigrant families. "Millions of immigrant families will not be able to move forward in the coming months and apply for immigration relief. It bares mention that this battle is not over and our side is going to explore all legal options at our disposal and not stop until every member of our community can live with respect and dignity, without fear of being separated from their families." 

The tie vote from the Justices kills the immigration plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency.  It leaves in place a lower court ruling which says Obama administration lacked the authority for the reform without approval from Congress. 

"What this whole case demonstrates is this is about politics for our opponents and for the immigrant community it's personal. This is a politically motivated lawsuit that was trying to game the court system and target the most conservative court in the nation. Now what we've seen is because Republicans in the Senate failed to do their constitutional duty and consider the President's nomination to replace Justice Scalia, we end up with a deadlock."  

The grassroots organization has offices in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and on Long Island. Go to maketheroadny for more information.