Texas Tries to Delay Immigration Appeal

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Immigration reform groups marched to the governor's mansion last weekend. - TEXAS ORGANIZING PROJECT
  • Texas Organizing Project
  • Immigration reform groups marched to the governor's mansion last weekend.
After the federal government filed an appeal to the Supreme Court over two of President Barack Obama's executive immigration actions, Texas sought a 30-day extension to file its brief in the case.

Yesterday, the federal government shot back, asking the court to reject the extension, the Texas Tribune reports

There's speculation out there that the 26-state coalition — led by Texas — leading the charge against providing relief from deportation to millions of people is trying to get the ruling pushed beyond Obama's administration, possibly killing the executive orders altogether. 

Danny Cendejas, immigration campaign field director for the Texas Organizing Project, said he's disappointed that Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, who filed the extension, is leading the effort to obstruct progress, but he's not surprised, either.

"As sure as the sun rises, we can count on our elected officials to oppose any measure that would help the workers of Texas get ahead," Cendejas says in a statement. "This time it’s the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which would give nearly 700,000 Texans temporarily the freedom to work, drive and live without fear of deportation and being separated from their loved ones.

“We hope the Supreme Court rejects Texas’ stalling tactic, and promptly rules on the appeal, and lifts the injunction. Nearly 5 million people are depending on it.”

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