Friday, June 24, 2016

Four Post-Texas Op-Eds Worth Reading

Here are four op-eds that follow Thursday's disappointing ruling from the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas:

  • Luba Cortes, a youth organizer with Make the Road New York, wrote a New York Times op-ed entitled, "My Undocumented Mom, America's Housekeeper." Cortes tells the story of her mother, who despite having been a lawyer in Mexico worked in the US cleaning houses due to her undocumented status.   Cortes, who has DACA, both highlights the transformative impact of DACA and the devastating impact of the Supreme Court's decision on her mother:  "Thanks to the childhood arrivals program, I have a work permit and a good job. My mom, however, still cleans houses; my mom is still undocumented; and my mom is still criminalized by an administration that continues to deport the most vulnerable members of our community. Thanks to the Supreme Court, that’s not going to change anytime soon." 

  • Michael Olivas of the University of Houston Law Center (currently serving as interim president of the University of Houston), writes in the Los Angeles Times, and describes the decision as encompassing a "sad turn of events." Professor Olivas also describes the limits of the Supreme Court's decision, noting the possibility of the case returning to the Court, the fact that the decision addressed the validity of the lower courts' injunction (as opposed to the constitutionality of the entire program), and the continuation of the original DACA program.  Olivas also emphasizes the need for Congressional intervention:  "In the end, the deadlock in the court only underlines the pressing need for Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform. The real malefactors on immigration aren't the Supreme Court justices, but the House and Senate."  

  • Roberto G. Gonzalez of the Harvard Graduate School of Education warns in the Boston Globe that the United States v. Texas decision could "put immigrants deeper into the shadows" due to well-established connections between undocumented status and "physical, emotional, [] financial" and other harms.  Gonzalez asserts: "While this decision is bad for families, it is disastrous for this nation. Enforcement programs that have separated immigrants from their families, neighbors, and employers have had negative economic, social, and psychological consequences across entire communities."   

  • Professor Gonzalez also writes in the Washington Post in an op-ed entitled, "How the Supreme Court's Immigration Decision Hurts All of Us," and emphasizes the many positive effects of the original DACA program on its recipients and, in turn, for the entire country. 


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