DearColleague.us

Letter

Zoe Lofgren

From the office of:

Zoe Lofgren

From: The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Sent By: gary.merson@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/29/2016

Please join me in signing onto an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision blocking the President’s immigration executive actions.  In the fall, 184 Democratic Members of the House signed onto an amicus brief in support of the petition for certiorari for this same case.

If you would like to sign on, please email Gary Merson (gary.merson@mail.house.gov) and Haley Mathews(haley.mathews@mail.house.gov).

The deadline is COB March 2.

 

The following House Members have signed on thus far:  Pelosi, Hoyer, Becerra, Bonamici, Cardenas, Castor, Chu, Cohen, Conyers, Crowley, Dingell, Doggett, Deutch, Gallego, Garamendi, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastings, Hinojosa, Honda, Kaptur, Kuster, Langevin, Lee, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Matsui, McGovern, Moore, Nadler, Norcross, Norton, Pocan, Polis, Quigley, Rangel, Roybal-Allard, Schakowsky, Serrano, Sires, Takano, Titus, M. Thompson, Velázquez, Watson Coleman, F. Wilson

 

 

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration executive actions to fix our broken immigration system.  These actions included the expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.  Both of these initiatives would provide temporary relief from deportation and work permits to eligible unauthorized immigrants.  If DAPA and expanded DACA had been implemented as planned, they already would have helped millions of unauthorized immigrants and their U.S.-citizen children to come out of the shadows and work legally in the United States.

 

Unfortunately, these initiatives are on hold as a result of a legal challenge, led by the state of Texas, which was recently upheld by a divided panel of Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  On November 20, 2015 – the one year anniversary of the immigration executive action announcement – the Department of Justice petitioned for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court, asking it to rule on the case during the current term.  In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.  The case is expected to be argued in April, and a decision is likely at the end of the Supreme Court’s term in June 2016.

 

Losing the case would be devastating to millions of immigrant and American families, and would seriously harm the issue—and the implementation of immigration law, generally—going forward.  Winning the case is one of our top immigration priorities at this time.

The substance of the brief is similar to the brief filed in support of the petition for Supreme Court review.  It focuses on the fact that deferred action is well within the Administration’s statutory authority and the Fifth Circuit’s decision interferes with Congress’ intent to delegate discretion to the Secretary of Homeland Security in order to ensure that our immigration system operates in a rational manner.

To sign on or for more information, please contact Gary Merson (gary.merson@mail.house.gov) and Haley Mathews (haley.mathews@mail.house.gov) with the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.