Immigration Reform News Update: Obama Meets with Latino, Immigrants Rights Advocates for Private Meeting
Ahead of his immigration town hall meeting, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with immigrant rights advocates for a private meeting about the immigration executive actions.
From the White House Roosevelt Room, Obama provided an update on the administration's handling of the immigration executive actions. According to the White House press secretary office, the immigrant rights advocates were provided the opportunity to discuss the latest executive actions hurdles and potential impact to funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As Latin Post reported, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas' Brownsville Division issued a temporary injunction on Obama's two deferred action programs: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which provided temporary protections for eligible undocumented immigrants. The temporary injunction did not erase the deferred action programs, but it delayed the start date until further notice.
With Hanen's ruling, he allowed the U.S. government to file an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court. His decision came less than 48 hours before an expanded DACA application was set to roll out through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is one of three federal immigration agencies under the DHS and responsible for the deferred actions' application process.
During Wednesday's meeting, Obama said his administration will continue to make progress on many aspects of the executive actions despite Hanen's temporary injunction. The president also said he is confident his executive actions will be ultimately be implemented soon.
Many of the immigrant rights groups attending the White House meeting have been recognized for their respective outreach efforts to inform eligible undocumented immigrants about the executive actions and applying for a deferred action program. Advocates reiterated their cause to inform and educate immigrants.
"The advocates in attendance agreed to continue their outreach to the community, work with the Administration on its efforts to fully implement the executive actions that were not blocked by the district court, and to push for commonsense immigration reform as the only lasting and permanent solution to fixing our broken immigration system," said a statement from the White House.
Immigrants rights representatives at the White House included Arturo Rodriguez of the United Farm Workers of America, Ali Noorani from the National Immigration Forum, Benjamin Monterroso from Mi Familia Vota, Janet Murguia from the National Council of La Raza, Maria Teresa Kumar for Voto Latino and Hector Sanchez from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
The immigration meeting also included non-Latino immigrant rights groups, including the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and the Immigration and Immigrant Rights Program for Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Obama's meeting was held prior to the immigration town hall meeting, which was held in Miami, Florida.
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