Lofgren Statement on Supreme Court U.S. v Texas Oral Argument

April 18, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after attending the Supreme Court oral argument in the U.S. v Texas case over President Obama's November 2014 executive actions expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and establishing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA):

"I attended the Supreme Court oral argument today in U.S. v Texas, a case which will decide the fate of millions of immigrant families in communities all across the nation.

"I left feeling hopeful that the Court will find President Obama's executive immigration actions legal and a common-sense exercise of executive discretion. They are strongly rooted in precedent and statutory constitutional authority. Presidents from both parties, including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the Congress, and the Supreme Court as recently as 2012 utilized this well-established authority.

"The justices asked many questions today exposing the flawed argument for legal standing under which Texas brought this case. Today – more than ever – it was apparent this case is based on partisan politics, not sound legal reasoning.

"Our cause is just, the laws of the nation are on our side. I believe that the Supreme Court will reach the right decision and be on the right side of history."

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