Rally at Supreme Court to Demand Implementation Immigration Relief

(Washington DC) This Friday, exactly a year after President Obama announced his historic DAPA and expanded DACA programs providing relief to millions of undocumented immigrants across the country, hundreds of families will gather outside the Supreme Court asking for rapid resolution of a Republican legal challenge to the program.

The Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would provide relief for parents of citizen and lawful permanent resident children if the parent had resided in the country for at least five years.

Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would provide relief for children brought to the United States prior to their 16th birthday and before January 2010 who have graduated from or are in the course of obtaining their education.  Just in the DC region, hundreds of thousands of immigrants would qualify for the program, providing a needed economic boost to local communities while ensuring that nuclear families could not be divided by deportation.

Twenty-six Republican-led states filed litigation to stop the program and just last week the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision eliminating the program.  The Department of Justice plans to quickly file an appeal to that decision to the Supreme Court.

Attending Friday’s rally will be parents like Madai Ledezma. Madai immigrated to the United States 10 years ago from her native Mexico with her husband Jose. The couple has a 7year old daughter US citizen daughter, Heather, and together have been fighting to stop family separation. “I have no idea what would happen to our daughter Heather if we were deported,” Madai remarks, “I can’t bear to think about it.”  Madai and Jose will qualify for DAPA if it is implemented.

Also attending the rally will be dozens of English students; parents who despite working two jobs to support their families are graduating from English classes so they can be better involved parents and community members.  They will receive their diplomas at the event.


What: Press Conference featuring impacted immigrants and community leaders

Where and When: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE  Washington, DC 20543, Friday, November 20, 11:30am

Who: Hundreds of impacted immigrants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, 32BJ SEIU, CASA, UFCW Local 400, and more 

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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