Portland Ready Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Case Involving President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Portland Ready, a collaborative working to ensure that eligible Portlanders and Oregonians benefit from DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), applauds this week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas v. United States, the lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration that created the expanded DACA and DAPA programs.

Announced by President Obama in November of 2014, these programs would allow millions of undocumented individuals to remain in the United States without fear of deportation and apply for a temporary work permit. Due to the litigation, DAPA and expanded DACA have been on hold since their establishment.

“We are thrilled that the Court decided to hear Texas v. U.S., because it means that there’s a real possibility that expanded DACA and DAPA will become available to qualified applicants later this year,” said Caroline van der Harten, Managing Attorney of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s SOAR Immigration Legal Services.

“These programs would improve the lives of over five million people nationwide – nearly 60,000 Oregonians, and 13,000 Multnomah County residents alone – by allowing them to continue building their lives and contributing to their communities without living in fear and uncertainty. Today’s decision brings us one step closer to providing protections that keep families together and strengthen our communities,” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon, a Latino immigrant rights organization.

Now that the Court has decided to hear Texas v. U.S., DAPA and expanded DACA could become available to qualified applicants later this year. However, because the programs remain currently on hold, Portland Ready is advising families of steps they can take to prepare such as: avoiding fraudulent service providers; obtaining screenings from qualified legal service providers to check eligibility for DACA and other immigration relief options; applying for citizenship if eligible; and attending know your rights workshops.

About Portland Ready

Portland Ready is a collaborative of nonprofit legal service providers, community organizations, labor unions, and local government staff that are working together to ensure eligible Oregonians benefit from administrative relief programs. We seek to strengthen collaboration between organizations that serve immigrants in order to enhance existing legal and community infrastructure that will respond to the implementation of administrative relief and other immigration opportunities.

Leading organizations include Causa, SOAR Legal, SEIU, Catholic Charities, Immigration Counseling Services, Oregon AFL-CIO, Voz, Center for Intercultural Organizing, PCUN, Northwest Workers Justice Project, and Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice.