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Judge's injunction on deportation relief renews immigration debate

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:31

Pro-immigration activists in Los Angeles rally against court decision to temporarily block executive action for approximately 11 million undocumented people in the country. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Shouting "Yes, We Can," pro-immigration activists on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall are furious. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL MEMBER GILBERT CEDILLO SAYING: "It's been clear and well established that the president's actions are within his powers." Those powers refer to President Barack Obama's executive actions taken in November on immigration. The actions were stopped Monday with a temporary court order by a federal judge in Texas who says Obama exceeded his powers. His actions were to start Wednesday and would have shielded up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants from deportation, including many here in Los Angeles. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUALIFIED RECIPIENT FOR DACA ERICKA ALVAREZ SAYING: "I think this is just a strategy to scare us but we have to maintain ourselves informed so that we can continue fighting, this is just another obstacle." Obama said the administration would comply with the judge's order while the Justice Department files an appeal. Meanwhile, immigrants here aren't letting up. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUALIFIED RECIPIENT FOR DACA ERICKA ALVAREZ SAYING: "I am here to represent and to tell everyone that we cannot give up, on the contrary, we have to succeed, we have to have all of our documents ready. Our dreams are not being stopped, they're just on hold." A dream on hold that protesters here will continue to fight for.

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Judge's injunction on deportation relief renews immigration debate

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:31