Following the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform to secure the residency of millions of undocumented immigrants, immigration activists have begun to hold demonstrations and protests across the country in cities that are rejecting the orders. Starting on Friday, November 20, 2015 and continuing throughout the weekend, protesters assembled in more than 20 cities including Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The disputes between the Obama administration and the 25 states that filed suit to block the order have turned into a legal battle. However, advocates for immigrant rights are fighting to keep the cause alive by bringing it directly to the source.
The rallies in these cities were a response to the efforts of a coalition of Republican governors who are doing what they can to stop the Obama administration’s orders from going into effect. If implemented, the orders of the Obama administration would protect up to five million undocumented residents living in the United States from deportation. It would also expand protection for young people who were brought into the country as children and the parents of U.S citizens and legal permanent residents. A federal court in Texas and an appeals court in New Orleans ruled in favor of the states, delaying the president’s orders. A spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General’s office released a statement regarding the reasoning for their decision alleging that the president’s use of his executive power is unconstitutional.
In response to the actions taken by the courts in Texas and New Orleans, the Obama administration filed a request asking the Supreme Court to remove stays by the lower courts blocking his actions from going into effect. Immigration activist groups and lawmakers alike are joining forces to back the Obama administration on their decision and its implementation. One such person, Congressional Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, stated that she and other Hispanic lawmakers have vowed to fight “tooth and nail” for the cause.
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