HOUSTON, Texas - Another round in the fight over immigration, and wouldn't you know, the battleground is the Lone Star State. On Monday night, just two days before its implementation, a federal judge in Southern Texas blocked President Obama's executive order deferring the deportation of five million undocumented immigrants.
"This injunction affects my mom," said Steven Arteaga, dreamer and activist, "because she was one of beneficiaries from D.A.P.A. (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)"
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Obama administration has not followed proper legal procedures in implementing the initiative. The White House said they have no choice but to delay the registration of applicants, but announced that, as expected, the federal government will appeal the decision.
"Today, I am urging the U.S. Department of Justice, as they have agreed initially, to immediately implement an appeal to the 5th Circuit of the Brownsville decision and to pursue it all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary,"expressed Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D) Houston, during a rally.
Pro-immigration activists gathered in Houston and all over the country to express their concern.
"It's not a question of if we're going to get executive action, it's a question of when," said Ginny Goldman, Executive Director of Texas Organizing Project.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit and led the coalition of 26 states against the executive order. Abbott celebrated the news by saying , "Judge Hanen's decision rightly stops the President's overreach in its tracks."
"The president will prevail because he is not the only president to sign an executive order related to immigration matters," concluded Rep. Al Green, (D) Houston.
One thing is for sure though, there are a lot more rounds left in this bout.