As a hearing takes place inside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on administration, many protestors and demonstrators are standing outside. Twenty-six states are trying to sue to stop the president’s executive actions, and activists are there to ensure their voices are heard, and to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans programs that could keep many immigrants from being deported and give them a chance to work.
“We can’t wait to secure DAPA in the courts while ICE is on our doorsteps every day,” Fernando Lopez, an organizer who works with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Congress of Day Laborers, said, according to NBC. “The president took action because undocumented workers and families took brave action in the streets.”
The states challenging the president’s executive actions on immigration believe he has overstepped his authority. The administration, however, has clarified that the programs are meant to ensure the limited resources it has for immigration enforcement focus on people who are threats to safety and security.
The decision in this case could take months, according to NBC, and it will likely lead to an appeal no matter what is decided. Furthermore, the topic of immigration reform will almost certainly be with us throughout the 2016 presidential election.