On July 10th, the Farmworker Association of Florida joined with allies Mi Familia Vota, YAYA of the National Farm Worker Ministry, Hope CommUnity Center, Central Florida Jobs With Justice, the Ironworkers union and many others in a rally in front of the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando and marched to the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to demand that Florida drop their lawsuit and instead support President Obama’s Executive Order for DACA expansion and for DAPA for parents of DACA participants.
The action in Orlando was one of many actions around the country on the day when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments on the Obama administration’s request for a stay of the injunction imposed on the President’s Executive Order. A negative ruling may mean that the case eventually will end up in the Supreme Court sometime in the future. The result is that thousands of families’ lives are hanging in the balance, while they wait to adjust their immigration status and continue to hope for a good outcome in the end. DACA 2012 participants will not be affected by this ruling, except for Employment Authorized Documents issued after February 2015. Those who applied for DACA after February 2015 will, also, be affected.
Our hard-working immigrant families deserve better! FWAF will continue to be on the frontlines of promoting and demanding dignity, justice and equality for all! Sí, Se Puede!