This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending July 1

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Week Ending July 1

This week in immigration: Resources to help understand the Supreme Court’s decision; NCLR releases paper examining USCIS naturalization fee; Bipartisan Policy Center finds immigration positively effects U.S. economy; and non-citizen Latinos are politically engaged.

Resources regarding the Supreme Court decision available: Following the Supreme Court’s stalemate on President Obama’s executive action, the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) released a number of resources to help explain the effects on stakeholders and community groups. The materials are posted on adminrelief.org and include: a Q&A on administrative relief, and an FAQ for the community in both English and Spanish. CIRI hosted a webinar discussing the decision and its effects on the community.

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Appeal on Home Care Rule; True Victory for Home Care Workers

CAG Homecare worker2The Supreme Court has ended the legal battle against the recently won rights of home care workers to critical overtime and minimum wage benefits.

On Monday, the high court decided not to hear an appeal from several home care industry groups that argued the Department of Labor (DOL)’s expansion of minimum wage and overtime benefits to home care workers was an illegal and unjustified change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court’s decision not to hear the case is a victory for home care workers, and an end to the court case Home Care Association of America v. Weil, which sought to take away minimum wage and overtime rights from home care workers.

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Supreme Court Rules Affirms Race Consideration in Admissions

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In a 4–3 decision the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas’ (UT) admissions process, which considers race as a factor in a holistic review of applicants.

This decision is a victory for students who will get a fair shot at an education. We strongly agree with President Obama that this ruling affirms “diversity is an important value in our society and that this country should provide a high-quality education to all our young people regardless of their background.” The Supreme Court’s decision also helps solidify affirmative action’s role in college admissions to create an inclusive campus environment for students.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending June 24

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Week Ending June 24

 This week in immigration: NCLR responds to Supreme Court decision.

Supreme Court keeps Administrative Relief on hold: We at NCLR are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s 4–4 decision yesterday, which keeps DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. The decision ignores decades of legal precedent and disregards the previous uses of discretionary powers by presidents—leaving millions of American families in immigration limbo. The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation released flyers in English and Spanish for use by community based organizations, available here. For a factsheet in English and Spanish explaining the decision click here.

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía said, “We are disappointed and heartbroken at this disheartening moment for families who are part of our American fabric and contribute so much to our nation. Not only does it dash the hopes of individuals, but it keeps our country from reaping the rewards of the social and economic contributions these policies encourage. Our community remains steadfast in our commitment to keeping hardworking families together and we will keep fighting for a permanent solution.” 

Janet also appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, where she predicted the ruling will impact the upcoming elections, saying “I do anticipate that we will see a lot more [voter] mobilization efforts happening as a result of this decision.” Watch below:

We will continue to keep fighting because this is personal for us. Some of the news coverage of the decision included poignant reminders that this is about American families that are deeply embedded in our communities and contributing in so many ways to our country. DACA recipient Luba Cortes writes about what it was like growing up with an undocumented mother in the New York Times. DACA recipients and DAPA hopefuls vow to continue the push for reform in the Los Angeles Times. And a Xavier University student from Ohio shares what administrative relief would have meant to his family in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Fight for Immigration Relief Is Not Over

Today, in a blow to millions of American families, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the president’s immigration programs, DAPA and DACA+.

Our fight is not over. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity without the fear of being separated. While today’s decision is a setback, we will keep fighting back against anti-immigrant attacks on our families and our communities. Our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, today joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to talk about the high court’s ruling and what it means to our community. She also reiterated our commitment to keep fighting for families. Watch the full interview below: