Supreme Court to Hear Case on Obama’s Immigration Reforms


“The stakes of United States v. Texas are high,” says Shannon Gleeson, co-leader of  the ISS project, Assessing the Consequences of Temporary Deportation Relief. On January 19, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case determining whether President Obama has the authority to declare millions of undocumented workers eligible to remain and work in the United States without the fear of deportation.

“The lives of million workers, students and family members could be impacted by the deportation relief and work authorization under the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, ” Gleeson says.

The court is expected to hear the case in April. A ruling is due by the end of June.

“A positive outcome would be a welcome counterbalance to the recent reports of ongoing raids which are devastating primarily Latino communities, and would address — at least partially — concerns by both organized labor and many business interests for the need to move towards more comprehensive reform.  Many states and local governments across the country — from San Francisco to New York City —  have been preparing and are enthusiastic to invest in implementing a program that would benefit their immigrant communities and local economies,” says Gleeson.

Members of the ISS project, Assessing the Consequences of Temporary Deportation Relief, are examining how potential applicants for deportation relief are responding to President Obama’s executive orders issued in 2014.

Shannon Gleeson recently appeared was interviewed on WRFI radio in Ithaca.  Her interview is available here.