Statements From New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito & Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Supreme Court Announcing It Will Hear United States V. Texas.

Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito:

“This is a critical case for the future of our country. At a time when some are proposing mass deportations and building walls, our immigrant communities have been living in fear. More than one year ago, President Obama signed an administrative relief plan which brought millions of undocumented immigrants out of limbo by shielding them from deportation and giving them status. The President’s action is firmly in line with actions taken by previous Presidents – both Republicans and Democrats – have taken in the past on immigration and is legally sound. The fates of millions rest on the Supreme Court and they must do the right thing and come down on the side of hardworking immigrants.

Statement by Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the Committee on Immigration:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to review the President’s Administrative Relief proposals is welcome news for millions of immigrant individuals and families, and comes at a particularly important time. For years, people of all ages and from all walks of life have been raising their voices to call for meaningful immigration reform and while this case does not give us that entirely, we are one step closer to ensuring that some peace-of-mind is realized. I am clear: we have the stronger case—and I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will agree. The time is now to act in favor of preserving our families and our communities. I encourage the Supreme Court to act as compassionate stewards of this important Executive Action.”