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BPC Immigration Task Force Statement on Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Texas

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Washington, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court, in a 4-4 tie, failed to reach a decision in the case filed by Texas and other states against President Obama’s executive actions to defer removal of certain unauthorized immigrants in the United States. The following is a statement from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force:

“The court system has resulted in a default decision which is a function of an unfilled vacancy on the Supreme Court. While some members of our task force believe the president had the authority to act and others do not, we all agree today’s decision is an incomplete answer to an important question about what this country needs to do about our broken immigration system. The correct action is a legislative process that results in bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that secures the border, controls the flow of unauthorized immigration, reforms our legal immigration system to provide additional legal avenues for workers while maintaining a tradition of family reunification, and offers a means for those currently undocumented immigrants to earn a legal status.

“This will require Congress and the president to work together in a process to enact legislative changes that will improve on the current status quo. Only by doing this hard work can we move forward on this important issue. The Immigration Task Force looks forward to working with our elected officials on the ideas and solutions that can result in necessary changes.”