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DREAM Iowa Responds to SCOTUS Decision to Grant Cert in DAPA/DACA+ Case

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With the announcement today that the Supreme Court will take up the Republican-led and politically-motivated lawsuit against DAPA and the expansion of DACA, Iowa immigrant families and children will finally have their day in court.

The implementation of DAPA is in sight, but the fight is far from over.  Oral arguments on the case will be held in the spring, with a decision like to come in June 2016.

The following is a statement from Hector Salamanca, Advocacy Lead of DREAM Iowa.

Republicans cannot  get  away  with  using  the  courts  to  enact  a  political  agenda  and  paralyze  everyday decisions made by the government.

In 2014, thousands of Iowans breathed a sigh of relief when the President announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and creation of a related plan, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA).

But our hopes were soon dashed when Republicans hand-selected a judge in Texas who blocked the implementation of DAPA and put the project on hold through an injunction.  Since then, people have been holding their breath, waiting for the wheels of justice to turn and for the case to make its way to the Supreme Court.

The stakes of this  case are extremely high.  If the Supreme Court does the right thing and  unfreezes  DAPA  and  DACA  expansion,  it  will  transform  the  lives  of  American children and families. If they  don’t,  it  will  create  chaos  in  our  communities.