Vanessa Cárdenas: “Republicans have created a vicious and cynical circle on immigration to put GOP states in the driver’s seat … [it] preserves a broken status quo and blocks opportunities to deliver reforms our country both supports and needs.”
Washington, DC – Late yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts granted an administrative stay that will allow the Supreme Court to consider an emergency request from GOP-led states to keep Title 42 in place, the Trump-era policy crafted by Stephen Miller to bar many asylum seekers from requesting safety in the U.S.
It’s the latest reminder of the Republican anti-immigrant judicial pipeline, which allows a small number of Republican-run states to dictate and drive national immigration policy from states they control. As the pipeline’s role in imperiling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program underscores, this right wing policymaking via the states and the courts is often at odds with both sensible policies and American public opinion.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress have a role in this vicious circle, helping to obstruct popular solutions that would address and resolve longstanding immigration policy challenges – including the bipartisan proposal from Senators Sinema and Tillis that would have offered citizenship for DACA recipients and other Dreamers along with a series of border and asylum provisions that tilted in the direction of long standing Republican priorities, including extending Title 42 and massively building up border deterrence, militarization and enforcement by $25-40 billion.
According to Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“Republicans have created a vicious and cynical circle on immigration to put GOP states in the driver’s seat. They rely on the anti-immigrant judicial pipeline in the courts and the obstruction and bad faith of Republicans in Congress to block popular and sensible policy solutions in favor of a perpetual immigration crisis and policies dictated by anti-immigrant leaders in red states. It’s a vicious cycle that preserves a broken status quo and blocks opportunities to deliver reforms our country both supports and needs.”