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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Responds to the Supreme Court Decision to Hear DAPA, DACA Case

January 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON On Tuesday the United States Supreme Court announced that it will consider Texas v. United States, a lawsuit against the President’s executive action on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Congressman Gene Green released the following response:

“Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue. It is the job of Congress to come to a sensible solution that will fix our broken immigration system and provide a tough, but fair path to legalization and citizenship for the tens of thousands of mixed-status families in Houston and Harris County and throughout our country.

“Through DAPA, the President is enforcing existing law passed by Congress that focuses resources where they are needed most – towards violent criminals and threats to public safety. DAPA is a commonsense, lawful exercise of executive discretion that has been used by Democratic and Republican Administrations for the past six decades. In December, I was part of a congressional Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in support of DAPA.

“I have and continue to advocate for comprehensive reform in Congress that reflects the best traditions and history of our great state and nation as a country of immigrants who came to America seeking a better life for themselves and their family. The failure to pass reform in Congress has left too many in our community living in limbo, in fear of deportation, with no pathway to achieve the American Dream.”