Just as undocumented immigrants across the country celebrated a historic victory granting them temporary relief from deportation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, seven of them from Texas, were preparing to challenge that possibility. The ICE employees filed a lawsuit today against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton claiming the recent Obama policy is forcing them to violate the law.
A coalition of DREAM Act students and allies encouraged eligible undocumented immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and for temporary work permits Wednesday in Austin. The group, called the University Leadership Initiative, also sounded a warning to protect immigrants from being ripped off by predatory lawyers.
It was part of a national Day of Action spearheaded by United We Dream, a network of youth-led immigrant organizations. The groups celebrated U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ release of the long-awaited Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications two months after the Obama administration announced the policy.