Ending Mass Incarceration and Criminalization of Communities of Color

United States v. Texas: Supreme Court Decision

United States  v. Texas: Supreme Court Decision

United Methodist Women Issue Priority:

Ending Mass Incarceration and Criminalization of Communities of Color

Decision Summary:

In this case, the Court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s executive actions, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), and failed to reach a majority decision on his executive action providing immigration relief.  Because of the deadlock, the decision of a Texas judge to block these executive actions now stands.  The DACA program, grants young people who immigrated to the United States as children temporary permission to live and work in the U.S. The executive orders would also have expanded eligibility to millions of parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents in the DAPA program.  These programs would have allowed up to 4.5 million immigrants to apply for temporary protection from deportation and to work legally in the US.

United Methodist Women Policy:

For nearly a decade, through policies like the Charter for Racial Justice, United Methodist Social Principles, “Welcoming Immigrants to the US,” (United Methodist Book of Resolutions) and now the General Conference Resolution to “Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color,” United Methodist Women has been working to stand alongside migrant communities resisting mass deportation and criminalization.  With the deadlock, instead of giving needed relief and a temporary modicum of justice to millions of migrants and their families, the Court in effect expands criminalization against these communities.  

Take Action:

Contact the White House and urge President Obama to call off all immigration raids and to suspend detentions and deportations.  President Obama can still take action by challenging the Link opens in a new window. “1996 laws” that criminalized millions of immigrants; pardoning immigrants facing deportation; ending collaboration programs between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies; canceling contracts with private prison corporations, and closing federal detention centers. Join the ongoing Campaign to End Family Detention to send messages to the president and congress about ending the criminalization of migrant communities by ending the detention and deportation of women and children fleeing persecution.  PDF Document opens in a new window. Use the Hope and Hospitality Tools of Leaders to help your community to have conversations about the biblical connections to our work for migrant rights.  Watch Link opens in a new window. The Real Crime by United Methodist Women partner, Link opens in a new window. Black Alliance for Just Immigration, to understand the links between migration, race and criminalization.

Posted or updated: 6/30/2016 11:00:00 PM
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