Deadlocked Supreme Court Effectively Kills Obama Deportation Deferral Program

Posted June 29, 2016

MP3 Interview with Joe Foran, immigration activist with Unidad Latina en Accion, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


A Latino activist group in New Haven, Connecticut had scheduled a protest for June 23 to denounce the killing of nine teachers in the Mexican state of Oaxaca - and U.S. complicity through its funding of Plan Merida, which provides millions of dollars for the Mexican government to buy weapons to fight the drug war. But by the time of the protest, they'd added a press conference to denounce that morning's Supreme Court tie vote that blocked President Obama's program to allow five million undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born or legal resident children to stay in the U.S.

The 4-4 tie vote left a lower court decision intact, which held that the Obama administration over-reached its authority in setting up its Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA program. The protesters in New Haven made a connection between the two events, explaining that tens of thousands of Mexicans and Central Americans have fled extreme violence, such as the recent murders of Oaxaca teachers, and travel to the U.S. seeking asylum. Many of these same people who are now at risk of being deported back to their home countries often face being the target of violence and the breakup of their families once they arrive.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Joe Foran, an activist with Unidad Latina en Accion, a group of immigrants and their supporters who fight for their right to remain in the U.S. Foran was one of many speakers at the rally who spoke passionately about the ongoing extra-judicial killings in Latin America, what the Supreme Court immigration ruling is likely to mean, and how immigrant communities plan to fight back.

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