June 23, 2016

MinKwon's Disappointment at SCOTUS Decision & Demand for Reform

The MinKwon Center Expresses Deep Disappointment at the Supreme Court’s Decision and Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On June 23, the Supreme Court of the United States failed to reach a majority decision on President Obama’s second executive action providing immigration relief.  Thus, the Fifth Circuit’s decision will be allowed to stand.  The MinKwon Center is deeply disappointed in this decision and outraged by the actions of anti-immigrant forces.

This decision is a capitulation to anti-immigrant sentiments and is an inhumane result that once again disheartens the over 5 million immigrants who live in and contribute to American society.

Grace Shim, Executive Director of the MinKwon Center, criticized the decision and the current administration’s failure to implement larger scale reform.  “The anti-immigrant forces and the Supreme Court are ignoring a clear truth.  Enforcement and deportation cannot solve the broken immigration system.  Congress has repeatedly failed to enact large scale immigration reform, most recently in 2013 when the Senate passed a comprehensive reform measure but the House refused to even consider it.  The Obama administration has also not been able to deliver on its initial promise of comprehensive immigration reform and has provided relief for a very select populations of DREAMers through his first executive action.”

Ms. Shim reaffirmed the MinKwon Center’s commitment to reform, stating, “Together with other immigrant rights organizations around the nation, we will press on with an even more powerful and vocal campaign on both federal and local levels so that the newly elected executive branch and Congress prioritize comprehensive immigration reform.”

With the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision on President Obama’s second executive action, the validity of his first executive action is also being questioned.  Many DREAMers who have sought administrative relief are currently renewing their DACA grants a second time, and many others will be renewing after the change in administrations.  Accordingly, the MinKwon Center emphasizes the importance of maintaining the current DACA program regardless of which candidate is elected our next president.  

Over the last ten years, the MinKwon Center has been working tirelessly to fix the current broken immigration system.  MinKwon has spearheaded numerous campaigns, including a hunger strike, for comprehensive immigration reform, which will contribute to the advancement of not only the immigrant community but the broader American society.  Therefore, MinKwon will harness the disappointment and rage over this negative decision to reinvigorate future campaigns for comprehensive immigration reform.  

The MinKwon Center will continue to organize the immigrant community, focusing on our efforts around the DREAMer Group, and plans to engage in get-out-vote efforts centered around immigration reform during the upcoming election season.




The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through immigrant rights and political empowerment.  The MinKwon Center has emerged as a leading organization in building a sustained community for marginalized individuals, including recent immigrants, minorities, low-income residents, limited English proficient persons, elderly and youth.

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