Support and opposition build for Pres. Obama’s immigration orders

LOS ANGELES – In about four months, millions of undocumented immigrants are expected to come out of the shadows with President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental accountability.

This will allow certain undocumented immigrants to be spared of deportation while granting work permits.

Mayors of nearly 30 U.S. cities are standing by the president.

Cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston have filed a legal brief in support of Obama’s actions.

Filipino immigrant rights advocate groups are also standing by the president’s executive order, saying they are already preparing to assist beneficiaries.

Despite votes by the House of Republicans to stop the order the Senate is also planning to vote on similar legislation.

“It’s symbolic,” said Aquilina Soriano of the Pilipino Workers Center. “It’s not going to overturn executive action because Obama has that veto power and the republicans don’t have that power to overturn a veto.”

While mayors are showing support, 25 states have filed a lawsuit saying the president lacks the authority to make the immigration policy.

Utah’s Filipino American Attorney General Sean Reyes was among the states to file the suit.

“That lawsuit wasn’t really about immigration as much as the policy of immigration,” said Reyes. “It was about the process. We are a nation of laws. We are a rule of law people and that was, very seriously, our message to President Obama. Regardless of how you feel about particular policies or points you have to do it the right way.”

The guidelines and application for the deferred action is expected to be released in May.

The president has said that he will veto any bills passed aimed to stop the order.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @stevieangeles for more information.

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  • Mario
    27 January 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Lawsuits in the making, most of our illegal kababayan already paid or advanced money on application for DACA. For those alleged immigration lawyers, are you going to return their money or just run away and blame the Republican controlled Congress for following the law. Obama can not make laws,only the Congress can.

  • Boboy
    27 January 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    This is a good racket, onced the illegal come back to collect or refund their money for DACAand DAPA, do not give it back,tell them to add more money or else you report them to ICE for deportation. Remind them that they entered into the US illegally, they are considered as criminals.

  • Delia
    28 January 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    The supporter’s claimming that the executive orders is valid ,thats false and (wrong).Obama did not EVER sign any executive order. This has been thoroughly checked by a number of people who know where to find it and THERE IS NO SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER.

    Sounds like boasting about something he said he did, but didn’t do, and even his Executive Action (non-Order) has been ruled unconstitutional, seems you’re fully in support of his lies, deceptions and unlawfulness , it speaks volumes of your own lack of honesty, integrity and intelligence.

    Obama did not actually sign an executive order, presumably, only because he was informed it wouldn’t fly constitutionally.

    The ruling by the court halts any actions by officials to satisfy the whim of Obama . Obama can issue orders all day long, but when they violate a law, or ignore a court decision, those ignoring the mandates of law do so at their own peril.

    (An Executive Action) It’s a speech published internally and sent to all Department heads. It means nothing. How do you validate or invalidate nothing?

    The term executive action itself is vague . But most executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.

    The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress. Obama never sign any executive orders and published in the Federal Register . Therefore , its void and null .

    A good way to think of executive actions is a wish list of policies the president would like to see enacted. Only a wish list that’s it .

  • Delia
    28 January 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    (Filipino immigrant rights advocate groups are also standing by the president’s executive order, saying they are already preparing to assist beneficiaries.)

    Well, goodluck , fact is Obama never sign any executive orders , Obama only spew an executive actions , which has no legetimacy.

    (“It’s symbolic,” said Aquilina Soriano of the Pilipino Workers Center. “It’s not going to overturn executive action because Obama has that veto power and the republicans don’t have that power to overturn a veto.”)

    Again, what is to overturn and veto if Obama never sign anything to Federal register. Soriano , dont be too sure that republicans has no power to overturn it, it will only takes 60 votes and the goal for that is nearly achieve .

    • Generoso Magaoay
      28 January 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Word…Word of the mouth, that’s very good! Suppose word of the mouth would hold water?

  • noz
    29 January 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    these out of control, lawless illegal aliens are so proud of their one man savior obobo with his insane illegal alien amnesty, who loves to do bad stuffs not good for the USA. obobo is a menace to america with all of his political ideologues degrading the core of this nation. the heavy elephants power must crush contemptible obobo for the sake of america / its people or there is no light of day in the good ole USA.

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