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Asian Journal: Supreme Court arrives at deadlocked decision on Obama’s immigration orders

Jun 24 2016

THE Supreme Court arrived at a deadlocked decision on President Barack Obama’s contested immigration policies on Thursday, June 23, leaving the fate of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. uncertain.

A 4-4 vote delays definitive judgment on the matter and leaves in place a ruling from a lower court that blocks the president’s executive order. A tie would not have happened if not for a vacant ninth seat on the bench left by former Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February.

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Daily Democrat: Supreme Court leaves undocumented immigrants out in the cold

Jun 24 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people living illegally across California are now facing a sobering new reality: The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t coming to their rescue and their fate may be tied more precariously than ever to the outcome of this year’s presidential election.

News that the high court deadlocked, blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan from moving forward, quickly spread anxiety across a state with one of the nation’s largest concentrations of unauthorized immigrants.

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Following Supreme Court’s Ruling, Asian Americans Focus on Existing Programs and Fighting for Immigration Reform

LOS ANGELES – Today, leaders and members of organizations serving Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants gathered to express their deep disappointment at the Supreme Court’s inaction on the President’s proposed expansion of immigration relief programs. Announced in November 2014, these programs – the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and an expansion of the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – would have benefited an estimated 65,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Advancing Justice Deeply Disappointed in US v. Texas Supreme Court Decision

LOS ANGELES - In a 4-4 decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the President’s executive actions for immigration relief remain blocked.

“The Supreme Court today failed to act on the opportunity to allow implementation of vital relief programs for nearly 5 million people, including more than 400,000 Asian American immigrants,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC. “We are disappointed in their split decision, which further underscores the need to have nine Justices on the Supreme Court.”

Ahead of Immigration Ruling and Election, Citizenship Finds Increased Importance

Apr 18 2016

The day before her court appearance in 2003, Carlin Sadangsal went to the mall to find something nice to wear.

Her parents, Rebeck and Grace, had been granted a hearing to change their immigration status, and Carlin Sadangsal, a junior high school student at the time, was preparing herself to be called to answer questions about her family.

"I said, 'Oh man, this is pretty serious," Sadangsal told NBC News. "This is not something that you should just forget about. This is something very life-changing."

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Fil-Ams Join Supreme Court Rally for Obama’s Immigration Actions

Apr 19 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raymond Partolan, a 22-year-old son of Filipino undocumented immigrants, flew in from Atlanta, Georgia, so he could participate in last Monday’s rally in front of the Supreme Court where thousands of others drew attention to the plight of millions of individuals and families who would benefit from temporary immigration relief, like protection from deportation.

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