On the Hill Updates

On the Hill Update: June 29, 2021

Federal Courts

Supreme Court renders anti-immigrant decision

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Johnson v. Guzman Chavez that a subset of immigrants can be held in detention indefinitely while appealing deportation orders, which can take months or even years. The question at the heart of the case was which section of US law applied to this particular scenario. NCJW is disappointed by this ruling and believes that immigrants are entitled to due process prior to deportation. Johnson v. Guzman Chavez was one of the cases that NCJW was following this term.

Supreme Court will not take up transgender bathroom case

This week, the Supreme Court said it would not hear an appeal of Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm, leaving in place a lower court ruling that a school district’s policy barring transgender students from using facilities aligned with their gender identities violated the Constitution. The case was first brought by Virginia student Gavin Grimm in 2014. NCJW celebrates this victory for transgender student rights.

Diverse judicial nominees on brief pause while Senate is on recess

The Senate is on recess for Independence Day from June 28 through July 9. In the meantime, a number of qualified and diverse judicial nominations await advancement when the Senate returns. Tiffany Cunningham’s nomination is up for a vote on the Senate floor. Nominated to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Cunningham is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark office with over 20 years of experience in patent and intellectual property law.

Additionally, the nominations of Eunice Lee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Veronica Rossman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Chief Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit await a markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both Lee and Rossman have spent their careers as public defenders, with Lee representing more than 380 clients over the past 20 years and Rossman representing over 250 clients in the last 12 years. As a Puerto Rican jurist, Chief Judge Gelpí would bring a much-needed perspective to the federal judiciary. In fact, his confirmation would make him the second judge from Puerto Rico to ever sit on the First Circuit. NCJW supports the confirmations of Tiffany Cunningham, Eunice Lee, Veronica Rossman, and Chief Judge Gelpí for lifetime appointments to the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

  • Take Action! Contact your senators in support of fair, independent, and qualified nominees supported by NCJW.

Dedicated social justice advocate nominated for a lifetime appointment

On June 15, Myrna Pérez was nominated for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has argued cutting edge and complex cases in federal and state courthouses across the country, taught at both Columbia and New York University law schools, testified before Congress and several state legislatures on a variety of voting rights related issues, and speaks frequently on academic and bar association panels. If confirmed, Perez would be the only Latina on the court and the first since Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. NCJW strongly supports the nomination of Myrna Pérez for a lifetime appointment on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • Take Action! Tell your senators to support Myrna Pérez and other qualified, fair, and independent nominees to the federal bench.

Voting Rights

Deadline for Democracy

NCJW, Inc. is a partner of Deadline for Democracy, a joint mobilization during which activists across the country will hold visible, public, press-worthy events to tell Senators that the American people are showing up to demand a democracy that works for all. Use this toolkit to host a visible event in your community when the Senate is out on recess (June 28-July 9).

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