July 1, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – The Supreme Court’s failure to overturn a lower-court ruling that said President Barack Obama could not order the federal government not to deport certain undocumented immigrants is “will disrupt families across the country,” Earl Phillips, Secretary-Treasurer of Transport Workers Union Local 100, said after the June 23 no-decision.
The Court’s 4-4 tie let stand an appeals-court decision in United States v. Texas that Obama’s 2014 executive order on immigration was unconstitutional, and that the state of Texas had legal standing to challenge it because it would be damaged by the costs of issuing drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. Obama had ordered that undocumented immigrants whose children were either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents could apply for a program that would protect them from deportation and let them work here legally. Phillips, an immigrant from Barbados, told the New York Carib News that the Court’s “regrettable decision” could “result in some breadwinners being deported while their families remain in the country.” The order might have allowed as many as 5 million immigrants to stay in the U.S. Read more