Anti-deportation enthusiasts take a stand on the steps of City Hall

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HOUSTON, TX -  "We`re tired of the politicking that's being done and it's preventing our community from moving forward," says Elsa Caballero.

She's part of the Texas Organizing Project.  Several members gathered at Houston City Hall today with a single message aimed at lawmakers.

"We must find a way, a common sense way, to figure out the immigration reform issue."  Caballero adds, "We as immigrants understand the power we have through the vote."

This marks the one year anniversary of President Obama`s plan to offer nearly five million immigrants a way to stay in America temporarily, without the fear of being deported. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) require illegals to say, "YES" to the following questions:

  • Have you been here for more than five years?
  • Are your kids American citizens or legal residents?
  • Will you register to vote, pass a criminal background check, and pay your taxes?

"If you meet the criteria," said President Obama last year, "You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law."  Obama's plan met a roadblock, though, by the name of Greg Abbott. "The constitution does not give the President the power to change the law."

While serving as Texas Attorney General, Governor Abbott filed a lawsuit against the president. So far, the courts agree with Abbott. Obama is appealing and the next stop is the U.S. Supreme Court.

While the lawyers do their thing, according to Espinoza, those who oppose deportation will continue to do theirs.  "We will be out there every single day with actions and different tactics to get them to pay attention."

Traditionally, the first anniversary is observed with a paper gift.  For this anniversary, that seems to be immaterial....