June 23, 2016
Supreme Court’s Ruling on Administrative Relief Hurts Missouri Communities
Economy Will Suffer From Loss of Workers and Subsequent Tax Revenue
ST. LOUIS — Missouri will lose both economic and social benefits from the millions of immigrants who no longer have temporary relief from deportation and work access after the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on President Obama’s two Administrative Reliefs programs, according to a coalition of statewide and local immigrant advocacy organizations.
This week the Supreme Court released its ruling on United States v. Texas. At question was if President Obama’s immigration relief policies, expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would move forward. The Court’s 4-4 tie left in place an appeals court ruling which blocks the two programs.
A ruling in favor of both DACA+ and DAPA would have deferred the deportation of qualified individuals with work authorization for three years, allowing them to continue to contribute significantly to our local economy.
“Those who would have benefited from this relief are people who have been part of our community for a long time,” said Kristine Walentik, staff attorney with St. Francis Community Services Catholic Immigration Law Project. “Without expanded DACA and DAPA, they are not only living in fear of deportation, but a loss of their economic contribution is a loss of tax revenue for Missouri.”
The U.S. economy would gain $41 billion in new tax revenue over the next decade if DACA+ and DAPA were implemented, according to estimates from the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA).
Missouri would have also benefited from workers and young people competing on a fair playing field for jobs and education. “Administrative Relief would have been a real opportunity to embrace a welcoming approach toward immigrant communities,” said David Nehrt-Flores, organizer with MIRA. “Our state leaders need to work on policies that spur economic growth and community vitality instead of anti-immigrant vitriol.”
Now, the U.S. Congress must act to pass meaningful comprehensive immigration reform. “With the removal of expanded DACA and DAPA as options for temporary relief, the time to enact a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million with undocumented status is now.” said Nicole Cortés, co-director of the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project.