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EverThrive Illinois and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Respond to DACA/DAPA Decision

Contact: Michelle Nicolet, Marketing Director

Chicago, IL – The following is a statement from Janine Hill and John Bouman representing EverThrive Illinois and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, regarding the Supreme Court decision on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“Yesterday’s decision from the Supreme Court on DAPA and expanded DACA, which could have granted temporary legal status for up to 4 million people, is a big blow for immigrant families across the U.S. While the court’s 4-4 decision does not impact the existing DACA program, it will result in more immigrant families remaining isolated and without support despite their contributions to our society and economy. And the decision is a missed opportunity to provide economic stability and peace of mind to so many immigrant families.

In an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court, the Shriver Center along with 75 other organizations explained the strong evidence drawn from child development research for implementing the DAPA and extended DACA programs.  

We are particularly concerned about how the decision will impact the health of millions of families. Parents will no longer feel safe when enrolling in programs like AllKids in Illinois, which has been a leader in covering children regardless of immigration status.

Without health coverage, immigrant families are less likely to receive preventive and routine care, resulting in children not reaching their full potential and in costly visits to the emergency room.

We must put all families first and support and fund programs that keep them healthy. We urge a rehearing when a ninth justice is confirmed for the Supreme Court.”

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.

EverThrive Illinois, formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, works to improve the health of women, children, and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy.

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