LA Times Op-Ed: Take the immigration fight to the states


By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Undocumented immigrants were dealt a major setback last week. After a coalition of conservative states sued the Obama administration over its plans to grant deportation relief to the parents of American citizens, the Supreme Court deadlocked on whether or not to lift a lower court’s injunction on the program. The case of United States v. Texas will now go back to the lower court, where the fate of Obama’s executive action looks unfavorable.

The ‘Dreamers’ Obama spared from deportation: What are they dreaming about?

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

They were born in another country but raised in this one, and that has made them culturally, linguistically – but not legally American.

When President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program four years ago, this was the group he was seeking to protect. They were, for the most part, children whose parents came to this country illegally, and either brought them along or sent for them later. Many had no recollection of their home country, spoke English, and argued that they should be given the rights and privileges of the only country they really knew, including temporary two-year work permits.

Conservatives argued that Obama had overstepped the bounds of executive power and had infringed on states’ rights. They objected to the idea of rewarding families who were, no matter how talented or well-meaning, in blatant violation of immigration law.

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Anxiety as Families Await Court Ruling on Obama’s Immigration Action

By Suzanne Gamboa

There is a communal breath holding going on among immigrants and their allies as they wait for a Supreme Court ruling that could profoundly alter their lives.

There is a communal breath holding going on among immigrants and their allies as they wait for a Supreme Court ruling that could profoundly alter their lives.

The Supreme Court is nearing the end of this year’s term and still must rule on the more than two dozen states’ challenge of President’s Barack Obama’s use of executive action to suspended deportations and grant permits to work to millions of immigrants not legally in the U.S.

The decision on the expanded DACA and DAPA programs could come this week or next, most likely this Thursday, next Monday or June 30.

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2 Valedictorians in Texas Declare Undocumented Status, and Outrage Ensues

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By Katie Rogers

When Mayte Lara Ibarra, the valedictorian of her high school’s graduating class, revealed her plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin on a scholarship, she did what any graduate would do: She shared her excitement on social media.

Ms. Lara also declared, proudly, that she is undocumented.

Supreme Court Judges: American. That Includes Me, My Family and My Community

By Dae Joong Yoon and Bati Tsogtsaikhan

Imagine walking into the White House as a DACA recipient, whose parents are undocumented and would benefit from DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), to share your personal testimony with the President of the United States.

Mr. President. No hardworking family deserves to live a life in fear of being separated by deportation. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has changed my life. I would like others, including my parents, to experience the same benefits of obtaining a work permit to secure a job to support their families, and continue to contribute to their adoptive country they call home.

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The American Dream, In The Age Of DAPA

By David Sepulveda

Ten images depict local Hispanic families who appear safe and happy for the moment. The portraits exhibited at Junta For Progressive Action on Grand Avenue belie their fragility, as the specter of family disruption looms over their lives and the lives of countless others every day.

The exhibit at Junta, entitled “Faces of DAPA,” will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for an expanded exhibit as part of a national conversation about immigration policy and pending DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) litigation before the Supreme Court.

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