WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in United States v. Texas. The lawsuit challenges the legality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA.) These executive actions would provide legal work authorization and deportation protection for up to six million undocumented individuals and the parents of lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens.
“Caregiving is the work that supports all other work. Many people would not be able to remain in the workforce without the support of caregivers for their children and elderly parents. Immigrants make up almost a full half of all care providers,” said Josephine Kalipeni, Policy and Partnerships Director for Caring Across Generations. “With 10,800 Americans turning 65 every day, our country faces a serious increase in demand for care at the same time we are struggling with a growing shortage of qualified care providers. Sensible and fair immigration solutions are critical to providing the quality care we will need.”
DACA and DAPA are real, sensible reforms to an immigration system that is failing our country and our economy. 61 percent of Americans favor DACA and DAPA as approaches to relaxing immigration policy for some undocumented people. These proposals are good first steps in the right direction toward ensuring that hard-working immigrant families can stay together and continue to contribute to our economy, in anticipation of comprehensive federal immigration reform. Caring Across Generations stands with our partners, Jobs with Justice and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in urging the Supreme Court to overturn the preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of DACA and DAPA.