The excitement and enthusiasm felt by supporters of President Obama's
landmark immigration reform is beginning to dim as the Executive Orders
continue to be held up in federal red tape. Now, even as activists and
communities prepare to help implicate the programs’ new protections
against deportation, even the White House is pulling back its efforts
to push the reform through the courts.
The Washington Post reports, the President's Orders were unveiled last November and aimed
at shielding nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation
as long as they met several "good standing" criteria. The reform
was immediately met with resistance and 26 states sued the administration,
claiming the programs were unconstitutional. Then, in February, a federal
judge in Texas halted the orders—a judicial action that was also
affirmed in an appeals court.
The legal quagmire has led to what some are calling a "screeching
halt." A building in Crystal City that was set aside to help implement
the new immigration policies by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
now sits vacated and unfinished. As Kenneth Palinkas, president of the
National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council 119 told
The Washington Post, "everything is on hold.”
Continued Optimism from Organizers
Despite the setbacks, immigrant organizers and advocates remain hard at
work to prepare their communities for the registration process under the
president’s new programs. In Chicago, the National Partnership for
New Americans has already held 700 information sessions on the new registration
programs and trained more than 2,000 volunteers willing to help immigrants
apply for them.
The optimism that is counting on the Obama Administration to eventually
overcome the federal court hurdles is prevalent in immigration organizations
all over the country. “There is a sense of being undeterred, that
we are going to continue planning,” said Marielena Hincapie, who
serves as executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. "We
need to make sure that the infrastructure is in place and ready to go."
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