New York, NY—Last night, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed Judge Drew B. Tipton of the Federal District Court in Virginia to block the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement guidelines; the Court said it would take up an appeal and hear arguments later this year. These guidelines prioritized individuals who threaten national security, public safety, and border security for arrest and deportation by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by giving prosecutorial discretion to the agency. The New York Immigration Coalition condemns SCOTUS’ decision, which will needlessly subject millions of people who are seeking to build a better future in our country to unwarranted harassment and potential separation from their families.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“The Supreme Court’s decision to block immigration enforcement guidelines issued by the Biden administration and maintain former President Trump’s aggressive immigration enforcement tactics is a clear attack on all immigrants who seek to build a better future in the United States. For ICE to equate individuals that threaten national security with those who are seeking refuge and reunification with their families is a clearly political act, demonizing immigrants and endangering their safety. This ruling needlessly jeopardizes immigrants pursuing a better life for themselves and their families, while further emboldening ICE to carry out their cruel agenda. It’s clear that we can no longer rely on the Supreme Court to defend the basic rights of immigrant communities—it’s critical that Congress and President Biden act now and pass a pathway to citizenship to protect all 11 million undocumented people who call our country home.”