Alliance Institute and Immigration Advocates from Across the Country Rally at New Orleans Federal Courthouse
Over 100 local and national immigration advocates came together for a rally in front of the New Orleans federal courthouse on June 12th to ask Louisiana State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to end his support of the lawsuit blocking President Obama’s Executive Order that would provide relief for thousands of immigrant families in the U.S.
Alliance Institute joined local organizations such as VAYLA, Puentes, and the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice, as well as dozens of other immigration advocates from the region and across the country including Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), and Center for Community Change.
After the rally, participants marched to Attorney General Caldwell’s office several blocks away to deliver signature from a nationwide petition telling the Governors and Attorneys General of the 26 suing states to drop the lawsuit against expanded protections for millions of immigrant youth and parents. A larger rally is planned for July to coincide with a federal appeals court hearing on the lawsuit.
At the heart of the conflict are the executive actions that President Obama took last November to address the immigration reform crisis. His first action was to order to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to not deport certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (known as DAPA). The President also announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (known as DACA) for youth who came to the U.S. as children which would grant these parents and youth temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
The federal lawsuit that was filed by 26 states is keeping President Obama’s executive orders from helping up to 4.4 million people.
For more information on the campaign, contact Salvador Cervantes of Center for Community Change.