Many Hispanics and their supporters in the Lowcountry were disappointed by the recent action of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay implementation of President Barack Obama's recent executive action regarding the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the new program called Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens.
These programs were proposed after the House of Representatives refused to consider any immigration reform legislation, even though the U.S. Senate passed such a measure in 2013 by a bipartisan vote of 68-32.
The DACA program already allows more than 800,000 young people -- who were brought into this country through no fault of their own -- to attend schools, work, drive and pursue their American Dream.
The DAPA program would allow the mothers and fathers of these individuals to temporarily avoid deportation, to work, pay taxes and support their families.
The court only denied the implementation of these programs, which are considered to be well within the constitutional prerogative of the president, according to many legal scholars. It did not find the president's action unconstitutional. The administration will seek a full hearing of the case by the court on July 6.
In the meantime, individuals who may benefit from these programs should continue their preparation and collection of appropriate documents. We need to stop the needless separation of immigrant families until an earned path to citizenship is created. The fight goes on; the dream will never die.