Immigrant advocates: Keep applying for DACA despite injunction

LOS ANGELES – For Asian American immigration rights advocates, it’s time to regroup and continue the fight after a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction blocking the president’s executive ordered on immigration.

“We urge people to continue preparing to file for the applications that we believe will come about in due time. Were hopeful again this will be a short delay there’s no way of predicting how long that will take,” urged Executive director Asian Americans Advancing Justice Stuart Kwoh.

In the meantime, while the length of the appeal is unknown, advocates say undocumented immigrants should look into programs that are already available such as the original deferred action for childhood arrivals program.

“We don’t want this injunction to deter anybody from applying. In fact, anybody that’s currently qualified for DACA should continue to get help and apply. And anybody who’s qualified for the new programs, just continue to prepare your documents because it’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen, but more likely when,” said Fil-Am Tiffany Panlilio of AAAJ.

DACA recipients like Anthony Ng say the more people can sign up for immigration relief, the more pressure it builds to create more permanent solutions.

“It shows the need for relief, change in the system, change in the policy. The more people who apply for the DACA program, the better. It shows there is the broken immigrant system in multiple ways,” Ng explained.

While the executive order is expected to benefit as many as 4 million undocumented workers, 675,000 once undocumented students have applied for DACA between 2012 through September of last year. That includes some 3,700 Filipinos, the second largest group among Asian applicants.

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  • Delia
    20 February 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    With so many states against him, Obama needs to stuff his ego and rescind that memorandum. tide is turning against him and the demonrats and people are angry.

    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

    For the traitor appears not a traitor, he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

    He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to
    undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that
    it can no longer resist.

  • Generoso Magaoay
    20 February 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    It is no surprise that the only people who’d like to say that our immigration system is broken is/are the illegal immigrants, their advocates, and their sympathizers who seem to be missing a few screws. Maybe some changes need to be change such as processing and waiting times but should never be to accommodate illegals.

  • Mario
    20 February 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Nov21 2014 Obama signed 2 exec order, inside his plane on his way to deliver speech about immigration reformed in LasVegas. He talk about DACA,DAPA, granting of work permit and stop deportation on illegal criminals.Immigration lawyers celebrated, 3700 Pinoys illegals lined up and spend their lifetime,Christmas savings on filling fees for immigration application.Then, last Wednesday a Judge in Texas issued an injunction blocking DAPA,DACA, & work permit,SS which will start the issuance on May 1,.. The truth was,Obama did not signed any Exec Order on immigration reform,what he signed on Nov 21 2014 thru exec order was, a memorandum on immigration enforcement.WH,extreme media,Obama’s Democrats cronies and DHS Sec Jonhson, promoted the idea that Obama signed an exec order. Collect your money back, if you can not get a refund,hire a Lawyer, find out if you can sue your Immigration lawyer for deceiving you, he should have a copy of the Exec.Order before getting your lifetime savings. There are lawyers who are willing to work with you, free of charge.”Illegal its pay back time”.

  • Delia
    21 February 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Fuhrer Obama just said the other day that he’s have to let it go through the Court Process. AFTER the Federal Judge Slapped Him, right upside the Head, for His Lawless Actions! NOW, He’s going around the Judge too? Who can arrest Der Fuhrer and charge him with Obstruction? …. AND Treason!

    Watch out for this Administration’s double standard to kick in. This Administration and many Democrats do not want to use the term Islam in conjunction with terrorism or extremists because they claim ISIS would use the sound bite to claim America is anti-Islam, heightening passion among its followers that this is a holy war they must win.

    That “super-sensitivity” will go out the window when it comes to the EXECUTIVE ORDER. The Administration and many Democrats will declare this is a GOP-led war against immigrants, families, children, and Hispanics in particular. Their messaging will by solely intended to inspire rage with NO merit or respect given to the issues of the rule of law or the constitutional separation of powers.

    OBAMA clearly wants a civil war. Just more speed bump ,more like a train wreck. Obama has driven the health care system, for millions, into the ditch,now this ,.he is relentless to destroy America .

  • Enigma
    21 February 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Obama breaks the law, and then gets huffy when he gets caught.

    Obama is ordering the justice department to file suit against the judge who halted his immigration plan to overturn it. Since when is it OK to spend US Citizen Taxpayer dollars to fight for rights of illegal entrants to this country. He is supposed to exercise the will of the people. Over 70% of the citizens of this country want them deported and have said no to this illegal entrant amnesty. He does in fact hate America and everything America stands for. He is doing everything he can to destroy it. What is scarier though is how many people still follow this liar in chief and defend his actions and that the other members of congress have continued to allow his unconstitutional acts. He should be tried for treason and hung as a traitor to this republic, not only impeached. And this opinion has nothing to do with his color. If he were white it would still be what it is. He is guilty of conspiracy and action to harm the republic of the United States.

    • Delia
      22 February 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Well, Obama has shirked his duty to protect Americans. Instead he’s exposed us unnecessarily to a number of diseases carried into the U.S by illegals while turning a blind eye to potential terrorists taking advantage of our lax immigration system. Like the radical leftists of the faculty lounge, Obama despises America. Hence his desire to transform her.

  • noz
    23 February 2015 at 1:37 am - Reply

    the bullshitting of the illegal aliens / their pariah advocators pushing such bullcrap – “it shows there is the broken immigrant system in multiple ways”, always a statement of deceptions to fool the public. every time it doesn’t go their way. these bunch of illegal aliens / their leper advocators / far out lefty demonicraps, headed by shameless liar obobo endlessly using this one liner to gain the public supports, mostly derailing those ill informed, easily propagandized citizens in agreeing to conquer / sell america to these bunch of america haters, ready to alter america’s immigration laws to their advantage. obobo, the number one hater of america is leading this campaign, getting away with murder of not doing his primary job of deporting these uncontrolled illegal aliens. obobo gets too many passes of not upholding the law of the land written in the immigration book of law, which is to remove undesirable illegal aliens by all means. this is the right, straight immigration law in the book being invalidated, by altering the current immigration laws with radical immigration reform shoving to the throats of every americans by the a$$hole obobo, the revisionist demonicraps, along with the obnoxious advocators / the undisguised in your face militant illegal aliens. the maneuvers of these multiple batshit must be stopped by the general public to save america from these illegal aliens, who are ready to overcome what america stands for – one of them is the rule of laws which these bandito illegal aliens have no respect.

    the populous must never buy into this immigration reform obobo / the demonicrap party are selling to the growing public, blinded by public assistance broadened by obobo to keep them muted, staying quiet to be unopposed to obobo’s illegal alien amnesty.

    • Enigma
      23 February 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply

      I agree ,Obongo Needs to be shown America is Not His to be Toyed with,Cut out the Illegal Spending from the DHS or shut it down.The DHS is almost as useless as obama and both need to go.

      OBAMA has been stomping on the US Constitution since he became president. He has accomplished NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, other than creating a division in this nation that has set minorities back to the 70’s. He has created a class warfare that is inexcusable. He has harped on spreading the wealth, but not once has he harped on responsibility and accountability for self. NOT ONCE!