Texas Organizing Project Rallies Outside 5th Circuit Immigration Hearing

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Friday, over 100 organizers and activists from Texas Organizing Project rallied in New Orleans in advance of the Fifth Circuit Court’s hearing Friday morning on the DAPA/DACA lawsuit initiated by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Greg Abbott’s heartless lawsuit is currently blocking over 5 million immigrants with family ties in the US from deportation relief, while their loved ones continue to live in fear that a parent or spouse will be unlawfully detained or snatched away by the authorities.

“Every time a court has delayed implementation of President Obama’s executive actions, Gov. Abbott has celebrated keeping our families in danger of deportation,” said Teresa Rangel, a TOP member traveling to New Orleans. “It’s sad and disappointing that the governor can continue to be so out of touch that he considers it a victory to keep families like ours in fear of deportation.”

Unfortunately the Republican-dominated 5th Circuit did not appear sympathetic to the Obama administration’s arguments that they have the prosecutorial discretion to block the deportations of these law-abiding residents.

TOP joined other organizations for a rally outside the courthouse to show the support for families who face the threat of losing a loved one to deportation, urging basic human decency on the part of the 5th Circuit. Unfortunately it looks like the case will end up at the Supreme Court, with the fate of millions of immigrants and their families facing uncertainty in the meantime.

That is not stopping the hearty organizers from TOP and other groups from making the case to elected officials and the broader public about the importance of DAPA and DACA. Below are pictures from the rally.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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