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LAC Press Release- SCOTUS DAPA/DACA+ Decision

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June 24, 2016




June 23, 2016


Supreme Court Decision Stalls DAPA/DACA+, Reinforces Inhumane

Practice of Separating Families


CONTACT (English or Spanish):

Jose Hernandez Paris, jhparis@latinamericancoalition.org , 980-417-4659




Today the Supreme Court, in a 4-4 split, was unable to reach a decision on DAPA and the expansion of DACA. The injunction on both programs remains in place nationwide and the case returns to the federal judge in Brownsville, TX.  


The Latin American Coalition is deeply disappointed. We are saddened that as many as five million immigrants in the U.S. will remain in constant fear of being separated from their families at any time, and possibly deported. Jose Hernandez-Paris, Executive Director, says “I am deeply upset that this decision will continue to create second class citizens in the US, and will perpetuate discrimination, wage theft, fraud and fear in our communities.  But this is not over and everyone at the Latin American Coalition will continue to advocate for our community in the hopes of achieving justice for our families. Justice will prevail. Today it was just delayed.”


The Latin American Coalition will continue to strengthen our civic engagement efforts to uplift families made vulnerable by today’s decision, and engage immigrant youth specifically to promote the full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic and cultural life of North Carolina.


Salma Villarreal, youth leader, says “The Supreme Court's 4-4 decision on DAPA and Expanded DACA is a huge disappointment. The Supreme court did a huge disservice to Latino and immigrant families across the country, but we won’t stop fighting. We will keep raising our voices until we are truly heard and truly given what we deserve - to live in this country without fear!”


The Latin American Coalition would like to emphasize that 2012 DACA is not  affected by today's decision. All who are eligible should continue to apply for DACA and to renew.


LAC will hold a press conference on Friday, June 24th at 2:00 PM, at our offices (4938 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205).



The Latin American Coalition is a community of Latin Americans, immigrants and allies that promotes full and equal participation of all people in the civic, economic and cultural life of North Carolina through integration, celebration and advocacy. LatinAmericanCoalition.org

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