Activists Support Obama’s Immigration Order As Legal Battle Continues

A federal court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Friday in the lawsuit over President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Advocates in the Houston area today continued to push for its implementation.

Activists gather at the Gateway Baptist Church in Spring to voice their support for President Obama’s executive order on immigration.


Mayra Hernandez sits in a pew at the Gateway Baptist Church in Spring. She’s one of dozens of activists who gathered to pray and show support for the President’s executive action on immigration. Hernandez came to the U.S. from El Salvador 30 years ago. She says she wants more immigrants to have that opportunity.

“We’re here to support our family, and to make our dreams come true,” Salazar says.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon hear oral arguments in the lawsuit over the executive order. Last year, the president proposed sweeping reforms which could halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. The measure was stalled when 26 states including Texas filed suit.

Xavier Chavez is a Houston-based immigration attorney and activist. He says he’s optimistic the court will rule in favor of the Obama administration.

“We feel that the time has come, and that a change is in the works, so we feel very good about this process,” Chavez says. 

Governor Abbott argues the executive order is unconstitutional and shuts elected officials out of the immigration reform process. 


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