LA immigrants and advocates rally for DACA to continue
LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court served as the latest battleground for President Donald Trump’s attempt to end DACA.
As the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the opening arguments from the Trump administration on why the Obama era immigration relief should end, activists — including Dreamers and plaintiffs — rallied outside the courthouse.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration said President Obama overstepped his authority when creating the program.
However, a California court said that Obama acted within his power — and ending DACA could cause harm, putting an injunction on the president’s attempt to end the program.
“This case is not just about our 800,000 DACA recipients, it’s also about our families. It’s about our patients, our clients, our community. So we want to say we are tired of being treated in this manner,” said Dulce Garcia.
This appeal comes as the Trump administrations attempt to end DACA was denied by several courts.
The Department of Homeland Security continues to accept DACA renewals.
Since it began in 2012 about 800,000, including some 4,500 Filipinos, have availed of the program.
“The government deprived recipients of fundamental constitutional and human rights; including the right to be free from restrain and deportation to be with family and friends to work and pursue careers and to be treated with basic dignities,” said Jessica Garcia of the California Dream Network/Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights LA.
After today’s California’s 9th circuit hearing, the judges are expected to issue a ruling several weeks from now.
California is expected to be the first appeals court to issue their verdict.
The 2nd circuit court of appeals will also take on DACA this summer, but ultimately experts believe this case will eventually make its way to the US Supreme Court.