Immigrant rights advocates protest Abbott's immigration lawsuit
More than 50 Rio Grande Valley residents geared up Friday afternoon, as they prepared to take their fight for immigrant rights to the steps of the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin.
The protesters called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to end his opposition to President Barack Obama's deferred action proposals, as immigrant families remain in limbo one year after the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program and the extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were announced.
"Our governor is leading an effort to dismantle these programs, to take these programs away. They are currently being blocked by his lawsuit," said John Michael Torres, a spokesman for La Union Del Pueblo Entero.
Torres was one of the 55 Valley residents who embarked on their three-day pilgrimage to Austin.
"We are marching to his office to say that Governor Abbott needs to meet with the families that are being impacted by his policies," Torres said.
Abbott's lawsuit placed President Obama's DACA and DAPA programs on hold. The programs would allow people with long-standing ties to the United States to live and work in the country legally. The case is set to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We are still upset, still unhappy, still troubled that the families who can have some relief from being deported are still not being able to do that," said Martha Sanchez.
Sanchez said while they don't expect they'll be able to voice their opinion to Abbott face-to-face, she remains hopeful that their message will be heard.
"We have great faith that in the end, when the Supreme Court looks at this issue, that we are going to have a favorable outcome of this and that our families will finally find the relief that they need," Sanchez said.