As the great immigration debate has taken the nation by storm, in recent
months all eyes have turned towards Texas since a federal judge in Brownsville
immigration orders, saying that he had exceeded his executive authority.
Now, Dallas County has stepped up, ensuring that its immigration views
are known; Dallas County made it clear that it supports Obama’s
On Tuesday, the Dallas County Commissioner Court passed an order 4-1, joining
an amicus brief supporting President Obama’s deferred action plan.
According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the Obama’s executive
order would help nearly 300,000 unauthorized migrants who are residing
in Dallas County. Jenkins said that when people can register and have
some comfort knowing they won’t be deported if they report crimes,
that it should be supported.
On Feb. 16, Andrew S. Hanen, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Texas blocked an executive order signed by President
Obama that would have given legal status to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.
On Feb. 23, the U.S. government asked Hanen to lift his injunction while
it appealed his ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans,
which it did on March 12.
On March 23, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, along with the Governors of Louisiana,
New Jersey, and South Dakota, filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court
of Appeal, stating that the defendants’ motion for a stay should
On April 17, the appeals court will be hearing arguments as to whether
it should lift the temporary hold so that the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) program could proceed as the lawsuit moves its way through
Now that the appeals process has begun, supporters from both sides are
expressing their views on the president’s immigration plans. Jenkins
is urging Dallas County to join Travis County, El Paso and Houston to
back Obama’s immigration plan.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the only Republican on the court said that
Dallas County is jumping into a federal matter of which the majority of
local governments are staying out of. Cantrell said there are 254 counties
in the state, and Dallas County is just the third county to sign on.
If you have questions regarding DACA, contact the
Dallas immigration attorneys at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. Since the laws are evolving, it is best to
seek advice from an experienced lawyer who can ensure that your rights
are adequately protected.