UFW: U.S. high court’s deadlocked ruling over immigration will return to a full panel; ‘we will never forget’ politicians who caused needless suffering
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after the U.S. Supreme Court’s deadlocked 4-4 decision in the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit against President Obama’s 2014 executive action that would have temporarily protected from deportation as many as five million undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children or parents who have U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children.
The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Today’s deadlock is a setback for hardworking immigrant families, but we in the farm worker movement along with the immigrant movement will explore all legal options at our disposal. This fight is far from over. We are confident that this case will end up back before the high court, but before a full panel of justices who can render a clear decision and justice will prevail. Unfortunately, this will not be a quick process and many farm working families will needlessly suffer in the meantime.
We will never forget the politicians who brought this meritless lawsuit, suing our families and once again delaying their ability to enjoy a bright future in this, their country. Simultaneously, as elections approach, our movement will continue helping families become citizens and registered voters. And come November, we will remind voters who stood with us and who stood against us in the fight to achieve fair immigration reform.
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California & Phoenix events commenting on the Supreme Court decision
Leaders of the UFW, UFW Foundation, Radio Campesina and local partners will gather at their offices in California and Arizona today at 11 a.m. to comment on the Supreme Court ruling at the following locations:
Where: 11 a.m., UFW Foundation Office, 220 18th St. (cross street Union Ave.) Bakersfield.
Who: Families that will potentially benefit from DAPA/DACA+, UFW Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina, Greenfield Family Resource Center, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Lideres Campesinas and Community Trust Bank
Where: Robert E. Coyle Federal Building, 2500 Tulare St., Fresno, CA (In front of the Federal Court House).
Who: Families that will potentially benefit from DAPA/DACA+, Members of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), including the UFW Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina, Centro La Familia Advocacy (CLFA), Educationa Leadership Foundation (ELF), Mi Familia Vota (MFV) and Proteus
Where: 11 a.m., UFW Office, 437 E. Alisal St., Salinas.
Who: Families that will potentially benefit from DAPA/DACA+, UFW Foundation, UFW, Radio Campesina, Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP), Catholic Charities of Watsonville, Immigration Action Group (IAG), LULAC of San Benito County and Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
Where: 11 a.m., UFW Foundation/Radio Campesina offices, 1440 E. Washington St., Suite 210, Phoenix.
UFW Foundation offices will also be hosting free information sessions early next week to educate local undocumented residents with the most up to date information concerning various forms of relief and to learn about their rights and steps to take in case they face a deportation. Please see dates and times below. It is important to note that the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program announced on June 15, 2012 remains unaffected by this court decision. All eligible people are encouraged to apply and renew their DACA. For more information people can contact the UFW Foundation toll free at 877-881-8281.
UFW Foundation is recognized by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and has one of the largest number of BIA-accredited representatives in the country. Community members should only seek legal advice from accredited representatives or immigration attorneys. “Notarios” are not authorized to give legal advice.
220 18th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Tuesday, June 28th at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
2409 Merced St., Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93721
Monday, June 27th at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
427 Pajaro Street, Suite 3
Salinas, CA 93901
Tuesday, June 28th at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
1440 E. Washington Street, Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Monday, June 27th at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
2401 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90057