After hearing the ruling on the United States v. Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks:
Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.
This decision will further motivate a resilient community that is a vibrant and vital part of our labor movement. We continue to urge the administration to use its discretion to protect those courageous immigrant workers who are exercising their workplace and civil rights.
With a deadlocked Supreme Court, a nationwide injunction issued by a single district court judge in Texas will stand on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaving millions of hardworking people in the shadows. Sadly, our systems are broken and will remain so until U.S. senators do their job and confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.