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Worker's rights advocate says SCOTUS ruling reinforces fears

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A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday effectively blocks administrative rules on immigration issued by President Obama could potentially affect hundreds of families in the Portland area.

The president’s order would have allowed close to five million undocumented workers to remain in the country legally.

Paul Riek, Deputy Director of Voz, a worker’s rights group, said the court’s ruling reinforces existing fears in the Latino community that families could be broken up by deportation.

“It’s all so uncertain,” Riek said. “How do you live a life, continuously, as they say, in the shadows? How do you carry on a life, from day to day, not knowing what’s going to happen.”

Riek said he knows of several undocumented workers in Portland personally who have been deported over the past year.

The only way to ease fears within the Latino community, Riek said, is for Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform, which it has failed to do during President Obama’s two terms in office.

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