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NEA President: Stakes are high for students and families in Supreme Court case

United States v. Texas illustrates importance of ensuring the rights of aspiring Americans

WASHINGTON - April 18, 2016 -

The U.S. Supreme Court today is hearing oral argument on President Obama’s deferred action initiatives, known as DAPA and expanded DACA. In response, thousands of advocates, families, and educators – including members of the National Education Association (NEA) – are gathering at the steps of the United States Supreme Court here and in hundreds of cities across America to show their support for the President’s executive immigration actions aimed at keeping families together.

In March, NEA joined scores of other professional organizations that advocate for children, including those of pediatricians, psychologists, and social workers, in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas. The NEA and allies are also urging the U.S. Senate to do its job by considering the president’s nominee, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Merrick Garland, and hold a hearing and a vote so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“The stakes are high for millions of students and families affected by the critically important policy at stake in United States v. Texas. If not reversed, the lower court’s ruling will harm the health and education of millions of children faced with separation from their parents, who are afraid to come out from the shadows of society. The high-stakes Supreme Court decision impacts mothers, fathers, neighbors, friends, and, yes, our students.

“Educators know from experience that family unity plays a critical role in student success. Yet a growing number of public school students live in fear that our nation’s immigration policies will break up their families, forcing them to choose between their country and their loved ones. These young people deserve the very best education and support we can give them. America has been their home. They have celebrated their birthdays, attended school, and dreamed their dreams right here in the United States.

“We believe that the DAPA and expanded DACA stand on the right side of the law. Educators are counting on the Court to promote justice and ensure the rights and dreams of children and families – aspiring Americans – are fully protected and realized.

“More to the point, United States v. Texas is an example of the practical and real implications of Supreme Court decisions. This case highlights the fact that there is too much at stake to play politics with the nomination process. That is why Americans are counting on senators, both Republicans and Democrats, to do their job and fill the vacancy on the Court. The Senate must move swiftly in providing Judge Garland a confirmation hearing and a vote.”

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