Immigration Advocates Rally in LA as SCOTUS Weighs Reform Plan

Immigration advocates rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Monday in support of President Barack Obama’s executive orders extending deportation protection to an estimated 4 million people, on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the issue.

Anabel Cuevas is benefitting from the president’s executive order, known as DACA, which allows people who were illegally brought into this country as children to apply for work permits.

Despite earning a college degree, Cuevas couldn’t get a job because she was undocumented.

“I couldn’t work for a few years, I had to do things other immigrants do, such as babysitting, tutoring,” she said.

Cuevas says when DACA went into effect in 2012, it changed her life.

“I was able to go back to school, take out a loan and I went to a coding boot camp and learned how to do programming, and so now I’m in the tech industry being a developer,” she said.

Now the expansion of DACA and another executive order protecting parents from deportation if they have children here legally are on hold while Texas and 25 other states challenge them in court. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments.

“We’ve been waiting a year and a half for this decision to come through that’s going to fundamentally change the lives of 5 million people,” said Pablo Morales of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

By Kim Baldonado for Nbc Los Angeles
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