FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2016
Contact: Mireya Reith,firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-871-2168
Supreme Court decides against 40,000 Arkansans; Local advocacy immigrant rights group moves to fight for comprehensive reform
The fight for immigration reform and justice for immigrant families will continue
SPRINGDALE/ LITTLE ROCK—Today, in a 4-4 affirmation of the 5th Circuit Court’s decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against our families and against President Obama’s sensible, humane executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work freely in this country.
The Court’s ruling is disappointing and comes at a time when we must fight even harder than before to ensure the safety of our communities and to fight hate and racism. Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC) has been proud to be part of the national immigrant movement, which has fought to win the deferred action programs. AUCC, Catholic Charities Immigration Services of Arkansas and partner groups have already assisted thousands in Arkansas to secure relief. This ruling not only deepens fear and separation among millions of Americans—including an estimated 40,000 who would have benefitted from DAPA and 2,000 from DACA expansions in Arkansas—but it also leaves another $2.1 billion in taxes the table, that could have added to the already $11.6 billion in state and local taxes that undocumented immigrants provide.
Through this setback, the work of the Arkansas immigrant movement will continue. AUCC, its members and partners will continue to fight for a more vibrant, just, and welcoming America– and against attacks on our communities—by continuing to help achieve the potential of the 2012 DACA, and turning out an unprecedented Latino and Asian vote in Arkansas in November, challenging both parties and their candidates to take up once again comprehensive immigration reform in 2017.
“Today’s ruling is a setback for over 40,000 Arkansan families, but we will continue to fight for our communities to dismantle the detention and deportation machine that comes at such a high moral and financial cost for our state and country. We know the law is on our side, and now we must move forward and fight for real reform. We’re families, workers, students and we are proud to contribute to Arkansas and this nation,” said Mireya Reith, Founding Executive Director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition, a local immigrant advocacy group, headquarted in Springdale, which serves Arkansas immigrants through 7 regional Immigrant Resource Centers across Arkansas
The President’s proposed programs were consistent with decades of actions taken by presidents of both parties. Additionally, the Supreme Court explicitly stated in 2012 that the federal government has “broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration” under the Constitution.
DACA, introduced in 2012, currently provides relief and work authorization to 750,000 undocumented young people. The unfreezing of DAPA and expanded DACA programs could have allowed over five million to access similar relief. 2012 DACA is not affected by today’s decision. All who are eligible should continue to apply for DACA and to renew it if they already have.
Arkansas United Community Coalition (Arkansas United, AUCC) is an Arkansas, immigrant rights nonprofit based in Springdale that is dedicated to empowering immigrants and their communities through leadership development, coalition building, the promotion of civic engagement and immigration service navigation. Founded in 2010, AUCC boasts a network of 150 immigrant organizers and over 400 active volunteers in 17 communities across Arkansas. AUCC currently maintains immigrant resource centers with partners in Springdale, Fort Smith, Little Rock, DeQueen, McGehee, Monticello and Jonesboro.