June 23, 2016 —

The Latin American Association issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case United States vs Texas this morning:

The Latin American Association is disappointed that the Supreme Court tied on US v. Texas, leaving in place the injunction on President Obama’s programs that would have granted deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, kept families together, allowed men and women to work and drive and removed their ever-present fear of being sent out of the country they have lived in for many years.

The DACA and DAPA programs would have greatly benefited Georgia and the state’s economy. Focused on young people brought to the U.S. as children and the parents of lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens, these programs would have benefited as many as 140,000 Georgians, or 35% of the state’s undocumented population. Allowing these thousands of individuals to achieve their earning potential would have brought increased revenues to state and local tax bases, helping further fund schools, roads and other improvements.

The LAA continues to believe that comprehensive immigration reform through Congress is needed to meet the long-term immigration challenges faced by the country.