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Houstonians React After Fed. Judge Halts Obama’s Executive Action

Undocumented immigrants are reacting to a judge’s ruling that blocks a plan that would have spared them deportation. They are staying positive despite the legal setback.

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Immigration reform supporter holds up a sign that reads, “I am ready. I am American.”

150217-rep-al-green.jpgU.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston

 

“Si se puede!”

That’s the sound of dozens of undocumented immigrants and their supporters at a gathering hall in far southwest Houston. They were responding to a federal judge’s decision to block President Obama’s executive action that would spare many of them from deportation.

Jenny Goldman is with the Texas Organizing Project. She’s confident that the president will ultimately prevail. 

“So, it’s not a question of if we’re going to get executive action, it’s a question of when, and have this executive order enforced,” said Goldman.

At issue are deferred action programs for undocumented parents of lawful residents, DAPA, and expansions to the program protecting illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, or DACA. Texas, along with 25 other states sued the federal government to stop the executive order that they argue is unconstitutional. 

“Comprehensive immigration reform is important, but also that the president have authority that he could exercise to bring about change,” said Houston Democratic Congressman Al Green. 

Others at the gathering characterized the injunction as just a “bump in the road.”

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