Portland Families & Advocates Delivered Strong Message During April 18 Supreme Court Hearing
Portland, OR – On Monday April 18, Oregon immigrant families, advocates, and faith leaders showed their support for the President’s immigration executive action in a peaceful rally and vigil at Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown, Portland. This event was part of a national day of action as 4,000 immigrant families and advocates rallied outside of the U.S. Supreme Court as the Justices heard oral arguments on President Obama’s deferred action initiatives, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In Oregon, over 60,000 individuals would be eligible for DAPA and expanded DACA that would provide temporary protection from deportation, a work permit, and a driver license for a renewable 3-year period.
“Today, across the country, thousands of American families are demonstrating their support for the president’s immigration action. We know that the DAPA and expanded DACA stand on the right side of the law. The Supreme Court has a real chance to promote justice and overcome the politics of hate” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa.
“As a U.S. citizen, registered voter, and daughter of hard-working undocumented immigrants, I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will stand with President Obama and the American people who support DAPA and the expanded DACA. This court ruling holds the power to end the fear that troubles thousands of families like my own who worry about the possibility of being deported every single day! The Supreme Court has the lives of many families in their hands and I hope that they vote with clarity and realize the impact this program has on our community. Hard working immigrants and their families have been waiting for a long time and deserve justice and peace” said Isa Pena, a U.S. citizen and Oregonian whose parents would be eligible for DAPA.
The Supreme Court will make a decision on the future of the immigration initiatives by June, 30th; the hearing on April 18th is an important step in that process.