Immigration advocates pray for DACA

WALNUT, CA — As ten states have asked for the president to put a halt to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, immigrant rights activists are fighting back with the power of prayer.

An estimated 200,000 undocumented immigrants live in the heavily Asian-populated San Gabriel Valley — home to San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, the only full parish named after the first Filipino saint.

“We invoke your loving presence, as we seek your will on the issues on the dignity of human life human rights and immigration,” said Father Tony Astudillo.

“It is such a critical moment for immigrant communities to stand in solidarity with each other, especially in this time when immigrants are being attacked in many ways,” said Anthony Ng.

Ten states —  Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia — have threatened to sue the government, after President Donald Trump has allowed the 5-year-old DACA program, which gives immigration relief to qualified undocumented youth, to continue.

They accuse the president of backing down on his promises of stricter immigration policies, and a repeal of former President Obama’s executive order . They are asking that the administration begins phasing out the program.

Fil-Am Activist Anthony Ng has been a recipient of the DACA program since it began. Ng is on his third term.

“It is a very conflicting moment when you hear different things coming from the government, different messages, different ideologies, as someone that’s benefitted from the deferred action program,” he said. “All I can do is hope things will turn out as well as it can, and it’s not going to stop me from doing the work that I do fighting for immigrant rights.”

As of now, the Trump administration has continued to renew DACA applications for existing recipients, while accepting new applications. Ng advises potential applicants to seek legal advice before they apply.


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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    8 July 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    We all want to pray for the better outcome when it comes to immigration reforms. It is not fair to those who stand the long lines and the long standing immigration back log, but still stand tall and endure the process…However, there are those who dig some hole and build a tunnel and bypass those lines and cry about immigration reforms in their favor…the illegal immigrants or the politically correct name of undocumented immigrants….