June 23, 2016– The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is disappointed by the US Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling in US v. Texas, upholding the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision and preventing the implementation of President Obama’s 2014 administrative relief programs for immigration.
The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and enactment of Deferred Action for Parents of US Citizens & Permanent Residents (DAPA) would have benefitted thousands of Irish people living in the US by providing the opportunity for some undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits and avoid deportation. It is important to note that this ruling does not impact the original DACA program from 2012 which has brought over 700,000 young people out of the shadows.
CIIC hoped that implementation of DAPA and DACA+ would have been an important first step toward a more comprehensive and bipartisan legislative bill, affording all undocumented immigrants with a path toward citizenship.
Celine Kennelly, CIIC Board President, stated “CIIC has supported executive action from the beginning, and we are disheartened by the Supreme Court ruling. Non-action by SCOTUS leaves millions of undocumented people in the US, many Irish among them, living with uncertainty and fear.” Kennelly continues, “It is past time for the United States to address its broken immigration system, and CIIC will continue to promote the need for comprehensive immigration reform with the new administration and Congress in the coming year.”
The Supreme Court ruling does not impact the positive work of CIIC and its membership across the U.S., and CIIC and its membership will continue to be available to provide support and assistance to the Irish immigrant community in the U.S. CIIC cautions immigrants to be wary of individuals or groups that offer assistance in obtaining administrative relief benefits under an expanded DACA/DAPA, as these are currently not available. CIIC will continue to advocate for relief for the undocumented and the passage of a comprehensive legislative bill on immigration.
ABOUT COALITION OF IRISH IMMIGRATION CENTERS
The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The CIIC is funded by a generous grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme.
The Coalition serves as a national umbrella organization representing Irish immigration and community centers throughout the United States that are committed to providing support to Irish immigrants. The Coalition strives to be a strong, cohesive and representative voice for the needs of its member centers, and in turn the greater community of Irish immigrants in the US. The Coalition prioritizes the sharing of information and the creation of best practices as a way to support and assist its member centers in their direct service work. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
To learn more about CIIC visit, www.ciic-usa.org