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NV Immigrants' Supporters Decry Supreme Court Vote

With its tie 4-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively blocked two of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. (avidcreative/iStockphoto)
With its tie 4-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively blocked two of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. (avidcreative/iStockphoto)
June 24, 2016

LAS VEGAS – Supporters of immigration reform spoke out Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Barack Obama's plan to grant temporary reprieve to millions of undocumented people.

The court split 4-to-4, leaving in place a lower court decision against two of the president's executive orders.

One expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving temporary work permits to people brought here as children. The other, known as DAPA for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, would extend work permits to parents of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.

Laura Martin, associate director of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), says her group will work to educate the community on the role of politics in immigration reform.

"We've had politicians like Joe Heck and Congressman Cresent Hardy vote to defund the current DACA that is in place, that would have hurt, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers,” she points out. “We have to make sure that they know, 'We are watching every move that you make, and you will be held accountable.'"

Martin notes that Attorney General Adam Laxalt, up for reelection in two years, sued to stop DACA and DAPA from going forward.

Sen. Dean Heller voted for immigration reform, but has stood with Republican colleagues who refuse to vote on Obama's nominee to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court.

Thomas Saenz, who heads the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, argued the case before the high court two months ago. He says it isn't dead yet.

"This is only a preliminary injunction,” he points out. “So, it has to go back to the district court and he has to reach a final decision. That final decision could then end up back before the Supreme Court. In addition, right now there could be a petition for rehearing by a full court."

The focus now moves to the presidential race – since the winner will determine the ideological makeup of the next Supreme Court – and the potential Latino voter turnout in November.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV