LA Filipinos join hundreds at rally for immigration relief

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES – With President Barack Obama expected to announce administrative relief for undocumented immigrants, immigrant rights advocates took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon.

They rallied outside the Federal Building calling not only for the president to follow through with his executive actions, but also for Republicans to not challenge the presidents expected orders.

In late September, President Obama is expected announce a series of executive orders that would give immigration relief to undocumented immigrants. Some of the speculated actions include extending the requirements of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) to include older dreamers.

There is also talk that DACA could be extended to the parents of current DACA recipients.

“It would mean so much for us to also have our parents and or friends to have the ability to not worry about deportation so much and be able to work also,” said Seth Ronquillo a DACA recipient who marched with Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Immigrant rights advocates say they would welcome any relief the president may offer. However, the say the fight will be far from over as they push for more permanent immigration reform from Congress — the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Republican lawmakers have threatened to challenge any of the president’s executive orders.

“Doing administrative relief is probably the first step the bill that we had last year regarding immigration reform was not a completely perfect bill that would satisfy all the needs of undocumented communities so we now we push for this administratively so hopefully in the coming months, coming years, something more concrete something more perfect will really affect the undocumented community for the better,” explained Ronquillo.

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