Advocates demand court decision on Obama’s immigration relief programs

NEW YORK – It has been nearly a year since President Obama announced an executive order that would allow about four million undocumented immigrants to live and work in the US without fear of deportation.

But the executive order was blocked by opponents.

The release of the decision by the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is way past its internal deadline of 60 days.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal said, “As soon as the president announced his executive orders, 26 states filed a lawsuit challenging the executive orders in court, and that’s where we’re stuck now.”

Steven Choi, executive director of New York Immigration Coalition said, “The 5th Circuit must rule now that justice delayed is justice denied, that we will keep fighting until we see justice for immigrant communities.”

New York City immigrant advocates are calling on the appeals court to make a decision now.

What we believe is keeping it from being implemented is that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals wants to try and slow out this case to death. They want to kill it by not doing anything. We will not let you do that. You must do something,” Choi said.

For affected undocumented immigrants like Filipino Cris Mercado, he says his life is also on hold.

Mercado has been an unauthorized immigrant since he was in the first grade.

His parents brought him to the US nearly three decades ago as a child to have a better life and live his American dream.

Mercado said, “I didn’t have my papers, but that didn’t stop me trying to get as much education and trying to cultivate a work history.”

With a master’s degree in criminal justice from City University of New York, Mercado founded an award-winning business organization called GrantAnswers that aims to help students earn grants and scholarships for college or graduate study, as well as job opportunities.

Mercado would have qualified for extended DACA if it was not blocked in court.

Inaction is really destroying families, destroying futures of folks even younger than me. So it’s really time for some action,” he said.

Affected immigrants like Mercado would have to live their lives with uncertainty until the court makes a decision, which they hope comes very soon.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    22 October 2015 at 4:03 am - Reply

    DACA do it fast before the next Presidential election. Onced Trump is elected as President all of you will be deported as illegal alien. You stole the jobs of the citizen of this country and you stole the money of American taxpayers for your education from grade 1 to College. Go back home and stay at the back of the line.Don’t wait until you are deported, it will be hard for you to come back.

  • noz
    22 October 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    these illegal aliens have become too militant in your face demand tactic, as if america owes them or else WHAT?. illegal aliens you all are going to do WHAT?. americans are sick and tired of obobo’s unconstitutional executive order of DACA / DAPA. slowly americans come to realizations illegal aliens are the burden of america, and must be deported as what’s the immigration law implies. obobo is the worst ever to make his stance on protecting illegal aliens with his abuse used of executive order, instead of protecting americans. politician lawmakers voted in power by the citizens, their priority must be the citizens, not the illegal aliens period.

    • Arbi
      24 October 2015 at 6:21 am - Reply

      im quite sure this immigrants got better and decent life unlike yours (if u have one)…….Noz, you are always FULL OF BULLSHIT! you need to work for yourself and stop siphoning the govt welfare assistance.

      • noz
        12 January 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

        CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF KNOWS THE TALK OF WELFARE. SO, TO BE ON A GRANDEUR FEELING GOES TO REVERSE LIKE A CAR GOING TO HIT THE BRICK WALLS. GOOD FOR YOU CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF KEEP ON TALKING OF ALL WHAT YOU HAVE SUCK ON THE CITIZENRY, SOON YOU ARE EITHER GONE FOR GOOD OR BE DISPOSED OFF IN THE SLUM WHERE YOU REALLY BELONG.

        • Arbi
          13 January 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

          Get back to your cave Noz….its 2016 already and yet you are still FULL OF SHIT!

  • HELLO
    24 October 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Before all of you open your big mouth, about the 4 million illegal people in America? You better think twice, the 4 million people broke the law of America and you all want them to stay here in America, your all “NUTS.” The Army and all law people should go all around America and pick this ass holes and take them to the airport and ship there ass back to where they all came from now. Look you ass hole illegal people when you all come to my country where I was born, make it right not wrong by staying here in America, like other people that came to America the right way.

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