The Fight for Immigrant Rights Reaches Supreme Court

April 18, 2016
Contact: Lakshmi Sridaran,

The fight for immigrant rights reaches Supreme Court
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments in U.S. v. Texas, a misguided and unnecessary challenge to eminently common-sense immigration programs that allow some aspiring Americans to remain with their families, continue contributing to the American economy, and pursue their dreams. An estimated 5.2 million immigrants, including at least 200,000 undocumented Indian Americans and countless more South Asians, are eligible for DAPA and expanded DACA announced under President Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2014. Both programs stand on rock-solid legal ground and would grant a fair chance at the quintessential American dream. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) joined an amicus brief led by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) in support of these programs.


SAALT also joined thousands of others outside the Supreme Court this morning calling for these programs to move forward swiftly and keep families together. Rather than welcoming the hard work and real hopes and dreams of millions of immigrants, including almost four million who are the parents of U.S. citizen children, a Texas federal district court judge decided to block these programs over a year ago leading them to unfair legal scrutiny all the way up to the Supreme Court. DAPA alone is estimated to boost the American economy by $61 billion in just five years.

“DAPA and the expanded DACA programs are the latest in the long struggle for immigrant rights in this country that should have ended with comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress, which the Senate passed with bipartisan support in 2013,” said Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “While Congress has been unable to advance a bill, we hope the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of these programs as a first step toward protecting millions from deportation, including thousands of undocumented South Asians. This occurs as South Asians are the fastest growing demographic in the country, totaling nearly 4.3 million strong as of 2013.”