Immigration activists hold prayer vigil for administrative relief

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES – A night of prayer and hope as over a hundred immigrant rights activists, including the undocumented, held a Downtown Los Angeles vigil calling on President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to fix the country’s broken immigration system, especially for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors now facing deportation proceedings.

Despite Republican challenges, the president has hinted that he will use his executive powers to help legalize millions of undocumented immigrants; possibly similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that gave immigration relief to Filipino dreamers like Sean Tan.

“We don’t want any deportations of the Central American children but also, as a DACA recipient, I know the benefits of administrative relief. It has helped me in college, try to find a job. If there are any plans of administrative relief extended to parents, definitely my parents would benefit. All my family is undocumented,” he explained.

While immigrant rights activists make a plea for administrative relief, they also understand that executive orders may not be a permanent solution to immigration problems.

Executive orders can expire when Presidents leave office, Obama will finish his term in 2016.

Despite the new found hope, immigrant rights activists are also calling on Congress for a permanent fix to the immigration system.

“I’m hopeful that administrative relief can be extended to my family. But at the same time I want something more permanent, for Congress to act on immigration reform,” said Tan.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • kikay Pang0
    8 August 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    F U all cheaters !!!!

  • filam
    8 August 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply
  • mangkano
    10 August 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply
  • Enigma
    11 August 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    What a bunch of idiot , holding a prayer while continously commiting a crime ? GO HOME ALREADY .STOP LOOTHING HERE IN AMERICA.

  • JRB
    11 August 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    The answer is stop crying to “GOD” and get out of my country America go home where you all belong. You illegal people in America is all losers? Get out right now.

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