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TESOL International Association Statement on the Supreme Court's DAPA and DACA+ Ruling

by David Cutler | 06/24/2016
Statement by Executive Director Rosa Aronson, PhD, CAE

​Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States ended the potential deportation protection and ability to work for millions of undocumented individuals across the nation. As a result of the deadlocked Court in the United States v. Texas, a previous injunction on President Obama’s central immigration plan, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, and an extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) was upheld. Under DAPA, undocumented parents of children who are legal citizens or permanent residents of the United States could apply for deportation protection and obtain work permits. DACA+ would have extended deportation protection to additional groups of individuals not currently eligible under DACA.

TESOL is deeply disappointed by the outcome of this case.  Along with dozens of other advocates for children and families, TESOL co-signed an amicus brief in the United States v. Texas, urging the Court to vacate the injunction on DAPA and DACA+ put into place by the lower courts. TESOL has always supported commonsense pathways to citizenship, and will continue to do so until logical and reasonable means to citizenship are created and implemented across the country.