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Dallas County Supports Obama's Deferred Action Plan

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 blocked Obama’s 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 immigration reform.

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 be denied.

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 the courts.

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.