The US Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday on the question of the White House’s deferred-action program for immigrants, letting stand a lower court ruling against the executive measures. As a result, some four million undocumented parents are now living under the threat of sudden deportation.
Historic 1920 Temple of Justice on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, Washington, which houses the Washington Supreme Court
Jessica González-Rojas, the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker that she is outraged with what she considers to be a failure by the Supreme Court.
"This ruling has a major impact on lives of millions of families who now are forced to remain in the shadows," she said, during a Loud & Clear broadcast.
According to González-Rojas, a lower court's ruling, that US President Barack Obama had overstepped his executive authority by taking executive action on immigration in 2014, was unjust, as the logic behind the President's action wasn't to commandeer immigration policy, but to protect innocents and bolster the national workforce.
It was an important action by the President to stand by his commitment to take some action, in the light of Congressional failure," González-Rojas said. "And now four million undocumented parents live under the threat of deportation, and these are people who have no record, who are simply trying to live, work and survive in this country."
She stressed that the decision affects the families of people who came to the US at a young age, who are working, paying taxes, not violating laws and contributing greatly to the country's economy and society.
Now that "common sense policies" have been blocked, parents are afraid to leave the house, take their children to school, or get health care. The Supreme Court's tie, demarcated clearly on political lines, that sent the decision back to the last circuit court will have a huge negative impact on the lives and health of the community, González-Rojas said.
"For many women and families who are denied health coverage because they are undocumented, or even those who are legal-permanent residents, but are unfairly denied from medication and other services during the first five years in the country, that is a problem for the health of our community," she said.
González-Rojas added that it is frustrating how four individuals affect the lives of so many by "kicking really major issues we have at States, back down to this lower court."
"It's the lack of leadership and the lack of a full comprehensive Supreme Court to be able to make actual decisions on these cases," she said, adding, "This is a really unfortunate decision and we are going to continue to fight for justice."
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