Declaración de la Presidenta del Concejo Municipal Melissa Mark-Viveito

Sentencia de la Corte Suprema contra DAPA y la Expansión de DACA

“Este es un día muy triste para los inmigrantes en todo el país que se verán obligados a permanecer en las sombras.  Ahora más que nunca es urgente que el Congreso tome acción sobre la reforma de inmigración integral – no podemos esperar más.  También insisto que el Presidente Obama debería parar las redadas de inmigrantes.

Esta decisión es desalentadora y sólo alimenta la retórica de odio de aquellos que creen que los inmigrantes son menos merecedores de una vida mejor para ellos y sus familias. Hoy, la Corte Suprema dio la espalda a los programas que hubieran protegido a los millones de inmigrantes indocumentados y sus familias que han contribuido tanto a la economía de la nación y han dado forma a nuestra ciudad.  Esta decisión va en contra de los valores por los que se nos conoce.

A pesar de esta lamentable decisión, la ciudad de Nueva York seguirá apoyando a todos nuestros residentes, independientemente del estatus migratorio, con los recursos y herramientas necesarias para que participen como miembros productivos de esta ciudad. No vamos a permitir que una retórica fea y que promueve miedo impida la construcción de una ciudad mejor».

La decisión de la corte deja en el limbo a miles de indocumentados.

La decisión de la corte deja en el limbo a miles de indocumentados.

Statement from Senator Peralta regarding the U.S Supreme Court Ruling

“As the sponsor of the DREAM Act, I am extremely disappointed by today’s news of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, which will have the effect of blocking President Obama’s important immigration reform policies, because of the trickle down effect that this may have on our struggle to pass the DREAM Act. This is not only a defeat for the millions of undocumented immigrants affected by the decision, but a defeat for all of us as Americans.”

UN FRACASO PARA MILLONES DE FAMILIAS: LOCAL 23BJ

Esta decisión afecta un estimado de 329,000 personas residiendo en el estado de Nueva York.Y además afecta los ingresos de los estados donde viven estas familias. Un análisis del Center for American Progress estima que los ingresos del Estado de Nueva York aumentarían unos $16.1 mil millones si los que califican para solicitar  DAPA y el DACA expandido pudiesen recibir permisos de trabajo.

“Estamos fuertemente defraudados en este fallo de la Corte Suprema, que prolonga las dificultades para tantas familias en los Estados Unidos que solo quieren mejorar sus vidas a través de los estudios y el trabajo,” dijo el Presidente de la 32BJ Héctor Figueroa. “Negarle a estas madres, padres y jóvenes la oportunidades que tanto apreciamos es cruel e injusto. En lo que nos acercamos a unas elecciones claves este año, continuaremos la lucha para una reforma migratoria complete que incluya una solución humana y sensible para los millones de personas que yah an contribuido tanto a nuestro país y que deben ser permitidos a continuar haciéndolo.”

La mayoría de los 155,000 miembros de la 32BJ nacieron fuera de los Estados Unidos y provienen de 60 países a través del mundo. Viven y trabajan con toda clase de inmigrantes y reconocen como esto perjudica tantas familias con miembros que son inmigrantes sin autorización, que tienen que vivir con miedo de que los separen, o que tengan que aceptar trabajos de bajos ingresos que frecuentemente no tienen protecciones de salud y seguridad.

“Como inmigrante, esta decisión de la Corte Suprema toca algo muy personal para mí y para muchos de mis compañeros y vecinos,” dijo Francisco Vargas, un limpiador de oficinas y miembro de la 32BJ oriundo de la República Dominicana. “Nuestras familias merecen trabajar y vivir sin miedo de que los separen. Pero no nos vamos a dar por vencidos. A Trump y a los políticos extremistas que hablan tanto en contra de los inmigrantes, les vamos a responder en Noviembre cuando nos toque hablar a través del voto.”

Senador Bob Menéndez Sobre Decisión de Inmigración de la Corte Suprema:

WASHINGTON – El Senador Bob Menendez (D-NJ) emitió las siguientes expresiones en reacción a la decisión dividida de la Corte Suprema, que en efecto bloquean las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente Obama que crearon los programas para  la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en ingles) y la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos Estadounidenses y Residentes Permanentes Legales (DAPA, por sus siglas en inglés)

«Estoy profundamente decepcionado y entristecido por la decisión dividida de la Corte Suprema que fracasó en proporcionarle claridad y consuelo a millones de personas, debilitando la unidad familiar de nuestro pais, y obligando a una comunidad entera a permanecer en las sombras. Aunque es importante recalcar que esta decisión no establece ningún precedente, las políticas de sentido común de DAPA y la expansión de DACA permanecerán bloqueadas en todo el país debido a la extralimitación de un solo juez del distrito de Texas.

«Esta decisión será conmemorada como un punto bajo en la historia de nuestra lucha por un sistema migratorio justo y equitativo, y tendrá un gran impacto en la vida de millones de familias en todo el país, incluyendo niños ciudadanos estadounidenses forzados a vivir con el miedo constante de ver a sus familias desgarradas. Imploro que no olvidemos a esos que presentaron esta demanda con la intención de mantener a nuestras familias inmigrantes en las sombras. Son aquellos, los que estaban en contra de estas acciones ejecutivas y libraron esta lucha contra la unidad familiar, que deberán rendir cuentas en noviembre.

«Esta inesperada decisión de hoy es un triste recordatorio de la necesidad de confirmar un noveno juez a la Corte Suprema: El pueblo estadounidense merece una respuesta decisiva, no un jurado en desacuerdo. Es hora de que los republicanos en el Senado hagan su trabajo.

«Para aquellos de nosotros que hemos luchado por los derechos de los inmigrantes a lo largo de toda nuestra carrera, esta es una derrota terriblemente dolorosa. Sin embargo, nuestra lucha no ha terminado. Nuestro movimiento es demasiado fuerte, y pueden contar con que seguiré luchando con todas mis fuerzas para lograr una solución permanente que arregle nuestro sistema roto de inmigración, que contribuya a la seguridad de nuestra nación, fortalezca nuestra economía, y verdaderamente refleje y respete los valores que tenemos como una nación de inmigrantes «.

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ON UNITED STATES V. TEXAS, SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTIONS

“On behalf of our city’s immigrant families and all New Yorkers, I am extraordinarily disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision on the President’s executive actions on immigration. New York City, like so many cities across the country, is stronger when all of our residents are secure in their ability to provide for their families and contribute to their community. That’s why, with over 100 of my fellow mayors and county leaders, I have supported the President’s common sense efforts to help immigrants. Today’s decision only underscores the urgent need to enact federal immigration reform. Through Cities for Action, we will continue to push for this change. In the meantime, New York City will continue to build an inclusive and welcoming city for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status through programs like IDNYC and ActionNYC. Immigrants help make New York the best city in the world. We stand with our immigrant neighbors, co-workers, friends, and loved ones.”

El concejal Carlos Menchaca conforta a la inmigrante Libertad Sánchez. Foto Humberto Arellano

El concejal Carlos Menchaca conforta a la inmigrante Libertad Sánchez. Foto Humberto Arellano

Statement By Council Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca

“The highest court may be divided today but our hearts and hope across the country continue to be united around one simple truth: our immigration law system is broken and we are going to need more than executive orders. Let us turn our organizing efforts to Comprehensive Immigration reform. That is what we deserve, that is what we will fight for and that will be our collective message come November as we enter the voting booths in every state.”

The following is a statement from Steven Choi,

executive director at the New York Immigration Coalition:

«The Supreme Court has failed our communities, ignored the law, and abdicated their responsibilities to a gridlocked and paralyzed political system that continues to come up short in providing real solutions. We are deeply disappointed that this ruling will continue to unproductive and unfair cycle of leaving millions at risk of deportation and being torn apart from their families. This is not justice, and our communities are tired of having their lives tied up with the lack of political will of our nation’s leaders.

“While the Supreme Court ruled against us, the fight is not over. In this contentious election year where we have seen politicians use immigrants as scapegoats, our united front is more important than ever. We will continue to fight for the 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families who are a critical part of America’s workforce and communities. We will fight against deportations and for keeping families together. And in the weeks and months ahead, we will mobilize our communities who are able to vote to do so in November – and send a clear message to all of our elected officials that America stands behind its immigrants.

“We will call on our next President and Congress to stop using immigration as a wedge issue, and finally pass the just and fair comprehensive immigration reform we deserve. In the meantime, we will do what we do best: support our immigrant communities across New York State through tangible policy changes – from adult literacy to health care, immigration legal services to language access – that will bring real, tangible improvements in the daily lives of the four million immigrants that call New York State home.”

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement:

“Thanks to this indecision, the Administration’s sensible plan to improve our immigration system – created due to Congressional Republicans’ failure to act – will be stalled. I hope that a full Supreme Court will take up the case in the future and rule the correct way, but the only way to fix our broken immigration system once and for all is to pass comprehensive reform.

“The responsibility for the legal limbo that results from a deadlocked court lies solely with Senate Republicans. By failing to do their jobs and fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, they have ensured that legal uncertainty and confusion will continue to cloud the judiciary for months to come. We need to do our jobs and fill the vacancy on the bench to prevent deadlocked decisions like this one.”

Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Supreme Court Failure to

Move Forward the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the statement below on today’s announcement of a tie by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas, a political lawsuit designed to block President Obama’s 2014 executive actions to grant specific, discrete immigration relief for millions of families. While a tied outcome is not a ruling on the merits of these actions or the political lawsuit going after them, the absence of a decision allows the lower court injunction to stand, blocking these actions from going forward. However, the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program begun in 2012 continues to proceed as normal.

“This week, we’ve had a lot of emotional debates on some of the most important issues facing our nation. With today’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Texas, I am forced to take a pause from ongoing efforts to call attention to the lack of action on reasonable gun legislation to address another area of Republican obstruction – immigration reform.

“Throughout my career in Congress, I have fought to substantively reform our nation’s broken immigration system. My district, like so many others across the country, is filled with hard-working men and women who came here in search of a better life for their children and families. But they have been driven into the shadows of fear, when all they want is to live and work and give back to their community like everyone else. It is unconscionable that Republicans in Congress have refused to take the clear action needed for these families and for our nation.

Recognizing the damage that the status quo has brought to families, President Obama took specific, common-sense action using long-recognized executive discretion to allow families to stay together without the threat of deportation hanging over their heads and for people to have the chance to work and support their families. Presidents of both parties for decades have taken similar action to allow federal agencies to use discretion in enforcing existing laws.

 

“Despite the clear legality – and logic – of this action, Texas and other states put politics above people and turned to the court system as a way to continue their anti-immigrant agenda. I am disappointed the Supreme Court was not able to affirm what we all know – that the President’s actions were in line with well-established legal precedent and the use of executive discretion. On yet another issue, this lack of a decision makes clear how important it is for Republicans to stop their record of obstruction and confirm a Supreme Court justice so that these important matters can be fairly decided.

“This is of course a disappointing setback, but both the legal fight and moral fight are far from over. I believe firmly that we are on the right side of history, and I will never stop fighting for a reasonable, humane immigration system that keeps families together, strengthens our country, and honors our proud tradition of welcoming immigrants.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.