Don’t penalize immigrants for following the law

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a split 4-4 vote regarding President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans initiative and his expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Taken together, these executive orders aim to give some 5 million undocumented workers temporary work permits and an effective shield from deportation. But the Supreme Court’s vote onTexas v. United States effectively halts these programs.

The original DACA program introduced by the president in 2012, however, remains more or less unaffected by the Supreme Court’s decision. Under that program, roughly 800,000 individuals are eligible to obtain work permits and remain in the country without risk of deportation.

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