Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released a statement following his signing of an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States supporting the expansion of DACA and DAPA:
Today, 181 Members of Congress filed an Amicus Brief in support of the Obama Administration’s appeal of a Texas judge’s ruling that temporarily blocks the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents and Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Both of these programs are part of the President’s executive actions on immigration.
“Last November, the President took legal and necessary executive action to reform our broken immigration system.” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Today, I joined my colleagues in Congress in signing this brief so the President’s actions can bring millions of families and children who are part of our communities and live in constant fear of deportation out of the shadows.”
The Amicus Brief expresses the opinions of Members of Congress that the deferred action programs comport with Congressional will and the President has the authority to exercise discretion when enforcing immigration laws.
Full text of the amicus brief can be found here.