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Faith and Community Leaders Respond to Supreme Court’s Split Decision in United States v. Texas Case

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

June 23, 2016  |  Together Colorado Press Release

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:00AM

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Miguel Oaxaca (720) 329-2376

Yadira Zubia (720) 620-5498

Celesté Maritnez (303) 968-6580

 

Faith and Community Leaders Respond to Supreme Court’s Split Decision in United States v. Texas Case

“As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for the next generation.”

 

Denver, CO In response to the split decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, today, that keeps the lower court’s/ U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit order to block the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) programs in 26 states, faith leaders, community leaders and organizers from Together Colorado member of the PICO National Network issued the following statement and words of support:

 

“Today, we are frustrated that the Supreme Court issued a split decision in United States v. Texas, which at best delays much needed, temporary relief for immigrant families and at worst leaves us in limbo until a new Supreme Court Justice is appointed. The court’s ruling undermines our human dignity and ultimately promotes unjust deportation policies and the senseless separation of families. It is unacceptable that our families continue to live in fear of raids and deportation.

 

“The 4-4 decision illustrates what happens when politicians play games. The stakes in this case were extremely high for immigrants in our communities and congregations, especially in this atmosphere of dangerous, racialized politics and anti-immigrant sentiment. It compromises the future of an estimated 6.3 million U.S. citizens who live in the same household as a DAPA-eligible relative, including the 1.5 million of those relatives who are eligible voters.

 

"This battle is not over. Faith leaders and community members of Together Colorado and the entire PICO National Network plan to activate hundreds of thousands of those eligible voters, especially the 21,000 eligible Colorado voters who have a family member that would benefit from DAPA. We will continue the fight to protect our families and have plans to demonstrate the same power that led us to secure President Obama’s executive orders by making our voices heard at the polls and by voting in record numbers. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity, without fear of being separated from their families.

 

“Please join community and faith leaders of Together Colorado for an action with Federal Officials, as we respond to the announcement of the SCOTUS and continue to demonstrate our power as we fight for comprehensive immigration reform to protect all of our families. The action will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 6:30-8:00PM at the Denver City Park by the Martin Luther King Jr Statue 

 

“The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Instead, they have failed to provide this service to the American people. We will never forget the lengths these politicians went to tear our families apart and demean our communities. As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for the next generation. The only way we make things better for our families is by turning out in record numbers at the polls.

 

“Our faith values, our future and our votes matter. Faith and community leaders of Together Colorado and the PICO National Network will resist the Supreme Court’s decision, and all hatred towards our families, within a new movement of faith voters that will choose love and faithful action in the voting booth. Together, we will continue to organize- by putting out faith into action- to make sure millions of immigrant families—including U.S. citizen children—are treated with human dignity as they live, work, and stay in this country they call home.

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Together Colorado is a non-partisan multi-racial, multi-faith organization community organization committed to unlocking the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing. We are made up of 150 faith leaders, congregations and schools, committed to putting human dignity at the center of public life in Colorado.

 

Together Colorado is a member of the PICO National Network unlocking the power of people with 50 organizations representing more than 1 million people in 20 states and 5 countries. As member of the PICO National Network we also belong to a campaign called La Red, formerly the  Campaign for Citizenship.