OGDEN CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Twenty-six states and the House of Representatives have sued the United States Government challenging President Obama’s effort to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.
Protesters took to Washington Street in Ogden City to keep families together and not break them up.
“How [could] a family live separate? Parents in another country and kids here or they have to go all together there. It’s very difficult,” said pro-immigration protester Martha Chadaz.
A United States citizen now, Chadaz said she made the decision to stay illegally in the U.S. after her Tourist VISA expired.
“I believe this is the place where we can have all the opportunities to have a better life,” said Chadaz. “I did for years, working in any place I could do that to survive, to pay my rent, to send my child to school, you know, it’s really important.”
Dozens held signs for Dignity, Equality, Immigration Reform, Justice and Love for one another others held signs saying “DAPA is my Hope” in Spanish.
Job Ramirez from DREAMers’ MOMS UTAH said, “Let everyone hear our voice. We are not just a few, it’s many people.”
In November of 2014, President Obama signed a ‘Deferred Action’ an executive order that would give temporary relief to those in fear of being deported.
The programs would allow parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to stay in the country and work. It’s commonly referred to as the DAPA program or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.
The executive order would also expand protections for children brought to the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.
“They are going to work hard. They are going to work for their families to send kids to the school and that’s why here we are because we believe,” said Chadaz.
Diante Madrid walked past the protest angered by the inaction of congress, “I think they should have put forth more policy that would have cement that in so that this wouldn’t be happening now.”
In Washington DC during the hearing was Utah immigration lawyer Tony Yapis. With eight justices hearing the case, he hopes it does not come down in a split decision.
“It seems like Chief Roberts was the one that will probably be the sway judge who may give us the final vote for,” said Yapis.
A ruling that protesters hope goes in their favor.
“We are already here. We are helping the economy too. Why throw us back. That will actually make worse things,” said Ramirez.
The Supreme Court of the United States hopes to have a decision by June. We will keep you updated on Good4Utah as soon as it comes down.