Immigrant Groups Protest Blocked Executive Action

President Obama’s executive action on immigration would have gone into effect today, potentially shielding millions from deportation. Activists across the nation are gathering to protest a court ruling which has blocked its implementation.

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Spring Woods High School Senior Luis Sanchez shares his experience as Dreamer at a rally in Houston.


Luis Sanchez came to the U.S. with his parents when he was four. Now, the Spring Woods High School senior is headed to St. Mary’s University in the fall. Sanchez says the DREAM Act allowed him to gain the legal status he needs to attend college.

“That gave me, like I said, a rebirth, you know?” Sanchez says. “A new me, to be able to do things I couldn’t do, like drive a car. I have a license now. I have social security. I can work.”

Sanchez says he wants those same opportunities for his parents. He says they’d benefit from President Obama’s executive action, which could stop the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit along with 25 other states challenging the measure. A U.S. District Court ruled in their favor, temporarily blocking Obama’s executive action.

Mary Moreno is with the Texas Organizing Project. The group has started a petition urging the governor to meet with the immigrant community.

“If he’s going to continue with this lawsuit, he can at least face the families that he’s hurting and tell them why he’s so set on this,” Moreno says.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote that Obama failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs the way regulations can be made. 


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