U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen put a hold on Obama’s executive action Monday night
By Nathalie Mora
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, 20th District, and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, 35th District, joined six pro-immigration groups in support of President Obama’s executive action to protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation Tuesday during a press conference at Cisneros Center, 2006 W.Commerce.
Both executive actions, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aim at giving immigrants an opportunity to live, work and stay in this country without the fear of deportation.
These deferred actions were put in place by the Obama administration in June 2012.
DACA will help young people who came to the U.S. as young children and DAPA who will protect those who are parents to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
A day before applications were going to become available for DACA,
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen put a hold on Obama’s executive action.
Castro said that even though the judge’s move is a setback, it’s not the end. He hopes the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will overrule the decision.
“We’re confident that in the end, five million people will be able to benefit from the president’s executive action,” Castro said.
Doggett is a big supporter of DACA, because he admires the courage of these people who demanded action to take place.
The judge’s action, however, was spur of the moment. “I believe this decision was a rushed decision made on a Sunday night,” he said.
Doggett said he doesn’t believe the decision of one judge should affect the lives of millions of people.
Castro assured that the hold on DACA will not affect those parents wanting to apply for DAPA, because that application will not be available until May 19.
Jonathan Ryan, attorney for Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, advised applicants to be cautious of potential fraud.
The application process for DACA and DAPA has not begun yet. Don’t be tricked by anyone who says they can start processing an application, Ryan said.
“Don’t rely on ‘notarios’ or anyone who isn’t licensed (as a lawyer),” Ryan said.
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