Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:03:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vance Educators Participate in AMSTA Sessions http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/29/news/education/vance-educators-participate-in-amsta-sessions/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/29/news/education/vance-educators-participate-in-amsta-sessions/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:03:53 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70892 AMSTA 4Career and Technical Education teachers in local high schools took part in three days of “AMSTA Summer Cruising” workshops June 14 and 16-17.

The teachers are shown with local business leaders who include, seated starting at third from left, John Barnes of the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce, Monica Satterwhite of the N.C. Works Career Center, and Ben Foti of Kerr-Tar Workforce Development.

The teachers were in Vance County on the first day and then joined educators from three other counties for the other two days in Granville County and Raleigh. In addition to participating in the panel discussion led by Barnes, Satterwhite and Foti, the teachers toured the Ardagh Group glass making plant and the Walmart Distribution Center, both located in Vance County, on the first day. For their second day, the local teachers joined educators from Granville, Warren and Franklin counties at Granville Central High School for additional discussions with business leaders. They also toured the Novozymes Inc. plant in Granville County. On their final day, educators visited several sites on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh. Their visits included a tour of the James B. Hunt Library, a state-of-the-art facility known nationally for its great innovations.

AMSTA is an acronym for the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance.

Vance County Schools is a part of AMSTA through a grant program with Vance-Granville Community College. The school system received grant funding, as did public schools in Granville, Warren and Franklin counties, to establish advanced manufacturing classrooms in local high schools. The school system will work with Vance-Granville Community College during the 2016-2017 school year and the next four years to help prepare students for work in advanced manufacturing fields. A focus of AMSTA is to increase advanced manufacturing professional development opportunities for teachers and internship opportunities for students.

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VGCC Golf Tournament sets new record with more than $104,000 raised http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/sports/vgcc-golf-tournament-sets-new-record-with-more-than-104000-raised/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/sports/vgcc-golf-tournament-sets-new-record-with-more-than-104000-raised/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:03:53 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70873 Vance-Granville Community College’s 32nd annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Oxford-based Union Bank, hit a new record total by raising $104,160 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college. That result surpassed the $100,318 generated in 2015, in what was previously the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history.

A total of 168 golfers formed 42 teams to play in either the morning or the afternoon round on May 23, 2016, at Henderson Country Club.

“We are so appreciative of all the golfers and sponsors who demonstrated their generous support for education and made this our most successful tournament ever,” said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. “We especially want to thank Union Bank for continuing to partner with VGCC as our presenting sponsor,” added Dr. Williams. In 2015, the bank became the first-ever presenting sponsor for the tournament. “Since 1985, VGCC golf tournaments have now raised more than $750,000, making a significant difference in the lives of our students,” she said.

At the dinner held to round out the day, players received trophies as they also took home an assortment of door prizes and participated in a silent auction.

In the morning round, the team of David Thomas, Blair Thomas, Hal Finch and Kyle Holtzman took home the first-place trophy. Second place in the morning round went to Union Bank Team 2, consisting of Andrew Byrd, David Morgan, Gene Edmundson and John Burns, while Union Bank Team 1, consisting of Tony Murray, Thomas Combs, Amy Watts and Steven Brame, placed third.

In the afternoon round, the Carolina Commonwealth team, which included Kenny Abbott, Randy Hoyle, David Fairey and Mike Faulkner, finished in first place. The Vanco Outdoor Equipment team — Justin Wilkerson, Allen Ellis, Regina Ellis and Charlie Jones — came in second. Third place in the afternoon went to the Maria Parham Medical Center team of Anthony Kidd, Emilee Johnson, Randy Williams and Mike Rainey.

Andrew Byrd of Union Bank Team 2 took the longest-drive prize on Hole 1 in the morning round, while Roddy Drake of the AXA team had the longest drive in the afternoon.                

David Morgan of Union Bank Team 2 won the closest to the pin prize on Hole 11 in the morning, and   Peter Stengel of the Encore Technology/Winston International team took that honor in the afternoon round.

Numerous companies and individuals supported the VGCC tournament as sponsors. In addition to presenting sponsor Union Bank, the “Vanguard Sponsors” included AXA Financial Advisors; CertainTeed; Coldwell Banker Advantage; Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Glen Raven; Maria Parham Medical Center; Novozymes North America, Inc.; Private Wealth Management of N.C.; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Toyota of Henderson; Union Bank; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; and Wester Insurance Agency.

Platinum sponsors were Altec; Bridgestone Bandag; Carolina Commonwealth; Granville Health System; HD Supply; Institutional Interiors; Inter Technologies Corporation; Kilian Engineering; M.R. Williams; Park Automation; Revlon; Robling Medical; Rose Oil Company; Sportrax; Universal Leaf; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; and Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores.

Gold sponsors for the tournament were Encore Technology Group; Golden Skillet; Palziv; The Pegram Agency; and Winston International.

Green sponsors included 220 Seafood Restaurant; Ahner Security, Inc.; Backyard Retreat Pools & Spas; Barnett Real Properties, Inc.; Burger King; CEI; C & P Body Shop; Cleary & Spears, DDS, PA; Dr. Ben Currin; The Daily Dispatch; Greystone Concrete; Mast Drug Company; MPACT Solutions, LLC; NT – Techno; Prim Development & Residential Rentals; RFR Metal Fabrication; Southern Laundry; Robert Turner/Henderson Kiwanis Club; Wake Electric; and Dr. Stelfanie Williams.

Silver sponsors were AAA Gas & Appliance Company and Ted’s Catering Service.

Tee box sponsors were ARC3 Gases; Auto Connection; LaMar & Angela Ballentine-Shannon; Banzet, Thompson, & Styers, PLLC; Bearpond Fresh Market; Brame Specialty; Brassfield Realty; Carolina Country Snacks; Carolina Solar Energy; Dave Carver; Century 21 Country Knolls Realty, Inc.;  City Tire, Inc.; Clayton Homes; Alvin & Stacey Coley; Comfort Zone Designers; Cross & Currin, Attorneys at Law;     Dave, Kay and Alexandria Currin; Dabney Drive Animal Hospital; Drake Dentistry; EarlyFalsom Properties; Early Insurance Services, Inc.; Encore Technology Group; Eddie and Debra Ferguson;  Flowers Funeral Home; Focus Design Builders; Frazco, Inc. Insurance – Real Estate; Fred’s Towing & Transport, Inc.; Granville County Economic Development; Hight Warehouses; Hopper, Hicks, & Wrenn, PLLC; J. M. White Funeral Service; Medical Arts Pharmacy; Morton and Sherman Implement Co., Inc.;  Mosely Plumbing Company, Inc.; Marsha J. Nelson; Nick & Sons Truck Repair, Inc.; Northside Electronics; One Source Document Solutions; Pete Smith’s Tire and Quick Lube; Phillips Dorsey Thomas Waters & Brafford, P.A.; Professional Pharmacy-Oxford; REW Medical; Riggs-Harrod; Robco; Sam Royster, Attorney at Law; Sherman & Boddie, Inc.; Southern Educational Systems; Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC; Ted’s Catering Service; Dennis Tharrington; Curtis and Joanne Thompson; Vance Construction Company; The Vanguard Deans; Vescom America; VGCC Communications Department; VGCC South Campus; VGCC Welding Department; Waste Industries; Watkins Plumbing; Whitco Bug Warriors; William L. Stark and Company; and WOW Wash on Wheels.

The following individuals and businesses made contributions or other gifts to support the tournament: Ace Hardware, Oxford; The Angus Barn; Dr. Angela Ballentine; Bamboo Garden; Betty B’s; Carolina Country Snacks; Chick-fil-A; City Tire; Dell, Inc.; Denny’s; Fishing Creek Nursery; Golden Corral;    Golden Skillet; Barbara Harris; Harvest Restaurant; Henderson Country Club; House of Ribeyes, Oxford;     Bob Hubbard; Institutional Interiors Inc.; International Paper; John Price, Main Street Market; Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse; Mars Pet Care; Nan’s Young Fashions, Inc.; One Source Document    Solutions; The Peanut Roaster; Pizza Hut; Ribeyes, Henderson; Rose Oil Company; Schewels Furniture Company; Southern Laundry; Staffmark; Stella & Dot, Michelle Burgess; Stovall’s Gifts; Sunrise Biscuits, Oxford; Tarheel Vending and Wholesale; Tidal Wave; USGA; Vance Furniture; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores; WalMart Distribution Center; Robert Winston; Jim Beck; Carefusion; Circuit Tech; Jim Crawford; Buddy Finch; Hallmark, Bobby Tippett; Joe and Betty Hamme; HG Reynolds; K-Flex USA; John K. Nelms; Newton Instrument Company; Tom Robinson; and Tru-Green Lawn and Landscaping.

Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund, through which more than 8,500 scholarships have been awarded to students since 1982. Scholarships have been established by individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. For more information, call (252) 738-3409.

The Carolina Commonwealth team, including, from left, Kenny Abbott, Randy Hoyle, David Fairey and Mike Faulkner, won the afternoon round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 23. (VGCC Photo) The team of, from left, David Thomas, Blair Thomas, Hal Finch and Kyle Holtzman won the morning round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 23. (VGCC Photo) The Maria Parham team of, from left, Anthony Kidd, Emilee Johnson, Randy Williams and Mike Rainey placed third in the afternoon round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 23. (VGCC Photo) The Union Bank team of, from left, Tony Murray, Thomas Combs, Amy Watts and Steven Brame placed third in the morning round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 23. (VGCC Photo) From left, the Union Bank team of Andrew Byrd, David Morgan, Gene Edmundson and John Burns were the runners-up in the morning round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club on May 23. (VGCC Photo) Runners-up in the afternoon round of the 32nd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament on May 23 were the Vanco Outdoor Equipment team, consisting of, from left, Allen Ellis, Regina Ellis, Justin Wilkerson, and Charlie Jones. (VGCC Photo) ]]>
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New VGCC Scholarship established in memory of Sam Watkins http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/education/new-vgcc-scholarship-established-in-memory-of-sam-watkins/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/education/new-vgcc-scholarship-established-in-memory-of-sam-watkins/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:03:38 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70884
From left, VGCC Endowment director Eddie Ferguson, Trey Watkins of Wake Forest and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. (VGCC photo)

From left, VGCC Endowment director Eddie Ferguson, Trey Watkins of Wake Forest and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. (VGCC photo)

A new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College will honor the memory of longtime Vance County business and community leader Sam Watkins Jr.

His son, Trey Watkins of Wake Forest, recently visited VGCC to formally establish the “Sam Watkins Jr. Academic Achievement Scholarship” on behalf of himself and his wife, Sarah.

Sam Watkins, who died in 2014 at the age of 80, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a U.S. Army veteran. For many years, he was the president of Rose Oil Company, a member and chairman of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission, and a member of the Maria Parham Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Watkins co-founded the Henderson Downtown Development Corporation, from which the North Carolina Main Street Program evolved. In 2008, he and his twin brother, George, were the recipients of the Community Hero Award given by the Vance County Commissioners for making the community a better place in which to live. He was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and, in 1985, he was Vance County’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. He served on the local Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Citizens Bank and Trust Company Board, and chaired the local North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) Board in Henderson. In his later years, his proudest accomplishment was the forming of the Embassy Cultural Center Foundation, responsible for building a new public library and cultural center in Henderson. Watkins was also a beloved father and grandfather.

In awarding the new scholarship, preference will be given to students in the VGCC Nursing program. “We would like to support students with compassion, who show commitment and pride in their work in the health care field,” Trey Watkins said. “My father loved both the hospital and the college, so this would be a fitting tribute.”

Sam Watkins supported and partnered with the college in his economic development roles, and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams remembered him with fondness. “Sam Watkins was a tireless leader and advocate for his community,” Dr. Williams said. “His legacy of service will continue through a scholarship that will help Vance-Granville students for generations to come.”

Just as Trey is establishing this scholarship in his father’s memory, Sam and George Watkins endowed the S.M. Watkins Sr. Memorial Academic Achievement Scholarship at VGCC to honor their father in 1991.

Through the Endowment Fund, VGCC has awarded more than 8,500 scholarships to students since 1982. Scholarships have been endowed by numerous individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. Tax-deductible donations to the VGCC Endowment Fund have often been used to honor or remember a person, group, business or industry with a lasting gift to education. For more information about the Endowment Fund, call (252) 738-3409.


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Vance County Board of Commissioners Called Meeting Tuesday June 28th, 2016 http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-called-meeting-tuesday-june-28th-2016/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/news/county-business/vance-county-board-of-commissioners-called-meeting-tuesday-june-28th-2016/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:03:29 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70882 Special Called Meeting
This memorandum will serve as notice that Chairman Gordon Wilder has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, Vance County Administration Building, 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to:
1. Approve year-end closeouts
2. Approve audit contract for FY 2015-16
3. Other items as necessary
4. Enter into closed session for personnel matters

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Tuesday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-244/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/28/quick-hits/open-lines/tuesday-open-line-244/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:01:38 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70888 America’s first commercial oil refinery was put in operation this month in 1860. It was built in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on the banks of Oil Creek. That town was the site of the country’s first productive oil well in 1859, and these developments made the area some 100 miles north of Pittsburgh the cradle of America’s oil industry. The first refinery was focused on extracting kerosene from the crude oil. Any gasoline by-product was dumped into the creek. With today’s regulations and economy, that would be more than a crime; it would be a blunder. There are 137 oil refineries operating in the U.S. today. Four of them are in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, there are more than 8,000 oil and gas extraction establishments across the country, with annual revenues of around a third of a trillion dollars. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: A Better Way to Fix Health Care http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-a-better-way-to-fix-health-care/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-a-better-way-to-fix-health-care/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:03:59 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70867 Photo of the Week

It’s time to break out your beach chair and fire up the grill because as of Monday it is officially Summer!  As you can see here, the Second District is in full bloom.


Weekly Update

I am so happy that our Second District Art Competition winner, Shannon Kelly, was able to attend the formal reception hosted in honor of the winners. She and her mother were able to celebrate Shannon’s accomplishment with the other Art Competition winners from around the country.  In addition to the reception, the mother-daughter duo were able to see where Shannon’s drawing will be displayed on Capitol Hill. 

Also this week, the House made huge strides as we put forth our formal plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Having served as a nurse, I know how detrimental Obamacare has been to patients and families and the severe impact it has had on our economy. I decided to run for office in 2010 after hearing about the president’s proposed takeover of our healthcare system, and as a member of the House Doctors Caucus and the Republican Study Committee, my colleagues and I have worked to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms. The plan put forward by House Republicans this week gives every American that reality. 

Our plan returns power to patients and their doctors, giving them the opportunity to make healthcare decisions as opposed to the government making them. This proposal is bigger than just a replacement bill – it’s a conservative, long-term vision that will be used to guide decisions as we make substantive reforms to our nation’s healthcare system. Scroll down to learn more!



Second District Constituents in Washington

Shannon Kelly, our incredibly talented 2016 Congressional Art Competition winner for the 2nd District, and her mother stopped by the office while in Washington Thursday to attend a reception honoring the winners.

Shannon, a student at Green Hope High School, won for her work titled “Playground.” For this photo, she used graphite to portray a distance piece of a child’s play set. Congratulations again, Shannon!


Capitol tours are one of the services my office provides to constituents visiting Washington. This week we had two families from Sanford — the Hogan and Bergin families — taking Capitol tours. Here are a couple of photos of them getting ready (after the kids had loaded up on NC peanuts and Famous Amos cookies) and heading out for their tour. If you are visiting Washington this summer, please contact my office if you would like a tour of the Capitol.

Repeal and Replace Plan

 The House Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare is now available at better.gop.gov. This commonsense, patient and doctor-centered plan includes:

• More choices and lower costs. Our plan gives you more control and more choices so that you can pick the plan that meets your needs—not Washington’s mandates.
• Real protections and peace of mind. Our plan makes sure that you never have to worry about being turned away or having your coverage taken away—regardless of age, income, medical conditions, or circumstances.
• Cutting-edge cures and treatments. Our plan clears out the bureaucracy to accelerate the development of life-saving devices and therapies.
• A stronger Medicare. Our plan protects Medicare for today’s seniors and preserves the program for future generations.

                                   Click here to see my statement about the plan.                              


Our Very Own Girl Scout
 Stephanie joined our office this week in D.C. through the Girl Scout Congressional Aide Program. She has been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old, and our office was very grateful for her assistance this week. Stephanie is a recent high school graduate who will be attending UNC-G this fall to study human biology and minor in public health. She has volunteered as an EMT for last two years while also making time to be a caregiver for a family friend. Her mother was born and raised in Fayetteville and her grandfather was stationed at Fort Bragg — making her the perfect fit for our NC02 office. Stephanie has been an awesome addition to our Team this week as she has assisted in giving Capitol Tours to constituents, answered phone calls and attended briefings on behalf of staff.
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Senator Richard Burr: Obama needs to take terrorism seriously http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/press-release/nc/senator-richard-burr-obama-needs-to-take-terrorism-seriously/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/press-release/nc/senator-richard-burr-obama-needs-to-take-terrorism-seriously/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:03:02 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70869

Saturday, I delivered the weekly GOP address. I’m taking this opportunity to talk about the threat of terrorism and the work I’m doing as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence protect Americans.

WATCH: Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr delivers weekly GOP address

The challenge we face today is unlike one we have ever known. The terrorists are not new and their message is not new. It is their leveraging of our freedoms, technology, and innovation to kill that makes this new and a real threat. That’s why the Obama Administration needs to treat the threat posed by ISIL seriously and lead a campaign to defeat and not merely ‘contain’ the terrorist group. The principal way to prevent ISIL inspired attacks here in America is to defeat ISIL in Iraq and in Syria.

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Monday Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-lines-14/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/27/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-lines-14/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:01:34 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70871 Consumers’ options for managing their finances were greatly broadened this week in 1934, after President Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act the day before, promoting the nationwide formation of credit unions. These differ from banks by being member-owned and controlled. Credit unions are nonprofit institutions where groups of people can save, borrow, and obtain other financial services. There are nearly 18,500 credit unions in the U.S., employing more than a quarter million people. These establishments range from a small cooperative for a single church or factory, to those that serve employees of giant corporations. By contrast, there are more than 97,000 commercial banking establishments in America’s $3.6 trillion finance and insurance sector of the economy. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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The Healing Force, Free Concert today (Friday) at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center 1pm http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/24/quick-hits/things-to-do/the-healing-force-free-concert-today-at-mcgregor-hall-performing-arts-center/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/24/quick-hits/things-to-do/the-healing-force-free-concert-today-at-mcgregor-hall-performing-arts-center/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:04:22 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70856 Drumming, singing and storytelling will come alive at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson tomorrow, FRIDAY JUNE 24th at 1pm, with a **FREE** concert featuring The Healing Force, a family of performers who specialize in World Music. Experience their lively celebration of international arts that emphasizes the connectedness of the human family through music and more. Performances include the popular “Rhythm of the Drum” that celebrates African Culture. Get ready to be put in an upbeat mood through this FREE concert featuring the talents of The Healing Force. See you there!

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Butterfield Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Executive Actions http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/24/press-release/nc/butterfield-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-immigration-executive-actions/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2016/06/24/press-release/nc/butterfield-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-immigration-executive-actions/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:03:35 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=70859 Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on President Barack Obama’s 2014 Immigration Executive Actions to create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA):

“The Supreme Court’s deadlock on the President’s Executive Actions is a deeply disappointing setback and directly reflects Congressional Republicans’ refusal to do their jobs. Today’s split decision by the Supreme Court further confirms the urgent need for a ninth Justice on the Court, but Senate Republicans still refuse to carry out their Constitutional duties and consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.  The American people need decisive answers from our nation’s highest court, not deadlock.

“While this decision sets no precedent, the commonsense guidance provided by DAPA and expanded DACA will remain blocked until further legal action is taken.  I am saddened for the families who are caught within our country’s broken immigration system and would have received relief from the President’s actions. Unfortunately, today’s decision and Congressional Republicans’ refusal to take up bipartisan legislation on comprehensive immigration reform will mean that many of our neighbors all across the country will continue to live in fear of having their families torn apart.

“Congressional Republicans must end their obstructionism that has prevented Congress from addressing the most pressing issues of our day and allow our country to move forward.  I simply ask that they do their jobs.”


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