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Immigrants, supporters plan Raleigh rally ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Posted April 17

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— Starting Monday, the Supreme Court will have the attention of millions of people as it begins hearings for the case against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.

In 2014, Obama launched an executive order that would temporarily delay the deportation of more than four million undocumented immigrants. It has become known as the Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Governors from Texas and 25 other states challenged the programs in a lawsuit, with intentions of blocking implementation, claiming the President overstepped his constitutional authority.

Monday at 3 p.m. in Raleigh, immigrants and their supporters will gather in front of the Governor’s Mansion, as North Carolina is one of the 26 states named in the lawsuit. The state Republican Party issued a news release in January.

“Citing long-term ramifications to public schools, health services and public safety, Governor McCrory declared President Obama’s executive order represented ‘unconstitutional overreach’,” the statement said.

The immigrant advocacy group El Pueblo are behind the event and said the lawsuit leaves millions of immigrants in a precarious situation as they await the outcome.

William Saenz said Monday will be huge for his organization.

“We hope that the Supreme Court, after the hearing, will make the right decision for families across the country,” he said.

The right decision in the eyes of El Pueblo members would be for the Supreme Court to uphold Obama’s executive order, which Saenz said has affected the life of one of his volunteers.

“She came to this country with her toddler and then she had a child here in the U.S. and basically, with having access to DAPA, that would basically mean that she can go to work and not have to fear that she’s going to be detained,” he said.

Saenz referred to another case- of detained Durham teen Wildin Acosta, and the heartache of his family- to make his case.

“Giving more of these kids access to just be able to have a safe home and be able to pursue their futures, that’s a huge thing for us,” he said.


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  • Sue Sloan Apr 19, 12:39 p.m.
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    Coming to America for better opportunities, a better life for your family is one thing--but the actions of millions of ILLEGAL immigrants, and the business-led governmental decisions to provide free education, health care, and plenty of money to spend for the last twenty years is absolutely NOT what the "American Dream" is about, and not only is it criminal behavior, but our government simply cannot sustain this level of social welfare on the backs of the increasingly-few actual taxpayers!

  • Hilary Guevara Apr 18, 7:50 p.m.
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    Everyone of you guys that are leaving ugly comments are full of hate. One day you will be judge by your hearts, We need to be kind and love one another. It's not easy to live the life like the illegals this country is supposed to be were your dreams can come true and be what you want to be. It's supposed to be the American Dream to work here and life without fear not being hated because you're an illegal.

  • Hilary Guevara Apr 18, 7:45 p.m.
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    Really?? So tell me why it's different when our own people does the same thing? But that's okay right!! Crazy how you are so quick to judge the illegals but not your own. Why is it so hard to accept that the illegals just want to be here to work but work the lawful way is that so hard? Are you willing to work in the hot fields or work for a lot less or even allow your children to work like that?? Would you? I really don't think you would.

  • Hilary Guevara Apr 18, 7:38 p.m.
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    So you're telling me that ALL illegals are working under someone else's name that they have stolen?? YOU'RE WRONG AGAIN. See what you are saying is half WRONG!!!! But it's okay for the illegals to work and pay taxes that they will NEVER get BACK and pay for SSI and will NEVER USE right??!! Illegals pay taxes for everything just like we do but see they will NEVER get to have the benefit to use them like we can. It's sad do that the illegals work hard does the work that you and I will NEVER wand to do and get less pay then you and I. It's sad that you can't see that they are here to just work and help their families. I am sure that if you could be in their shoes for a year you would have a change heart. All the illegals want to do is work and live life with out fear of being ripped apart from their love ones they may never see again. How would you feel if that happen to you and your family or maybe you're too ignorant too open your eyes

  • Jimmy Ray Apr 18, 7:33 p.m.
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    America is a compassionate country. We have room for those who want to assimilate and pursue the American dream.

    Still, for those who disagree with me, I don't think they are hateful. They just need to think about things a little more. These young people have no where to go. America is there home.

  • Pat Queen Apr 18, 7:23 p.m.
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    While I'm certain that not a single one of you could imagine what it must be like to to struggle, and try to raise your children in a drug ravaged, violent country, or protect them from the chemical warfare that is raging in your homeland. try. And ask yourself, "What would I do?" Just a little compassion goes a long way in easing one's hatred.

  • Craig Elliott Apr 18, 6:59 p.m.
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    They don't have a legal right to work either but somehow that's OK. Stolen SSNs, forged passports, bogus resident cards and complicit employers take care of that.

    Of course, primary education is provided for the kids (with two or three taxpayer-funded meals) no questions asked, as is ER care (see stolen SSNs etc.) and various social services.

    Speaking of services...police, fire, highways, OSHA, EPA, public health et al are largely funded through income taxes, which illegal aliens can't legitimately pay. Granted, they do pay excise taxes (sales, gas tax etc.) plus any unrecoverable taxes withheld if they are working under a false identity.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 18, 6:57 p.m.
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    Coming here for a better life is fine, but circumventing the law is not. There is a process for a reason.

  • Doug Bogard Apr 18, 6:22 p.m.
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    When someone hops the border and has a child US tax dollars go to that child. If they bring a child with them US tax dollars educate, feed and medicate that child. No need to discuss the tax burden on the legal system prosecuting crimes of illegal aliens. Illegals are a burden on federal, state, city, and county tax dollars. Out of the 11.4 million illegals lets say 5 million work. That is 5 million jobs US citizens do not have. Do you get it yet? Why does Mexico have a 512 mile wall on their southern border? To protect themselves from the migration of illegal immigrants.

  • Hilary Guevara Apr 18, 5:37 p.m.
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    PLEASE TELL ME HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR TAX MONEY ON ILLEGALS???? Do you not know your laws?? Illegals can NOT get help from the government no help on foodstamps nor healthcare and the one that you "think" gets help are the one that are legal to be here. Do you not know that our own people here are the very ones that abuse our own systems. The ones that HATE on illegals are the very ones that are ignorant.