AUSTIN (KXAN) — Outside the Governor’s mansion Saturday, protesters held a rally over resistance to expanding legal rights for undocumented immigrants who have children born in this country.
The event began on Thursday, with the protesters beginning a ‘pilgrimage’ at the Hutto Immigrant Detention Facility in Tyler, Texas, making their way to Austin the following day.
According to a release from the group, they hoped to ask Governor Abbott to meet with immigrant families and drop his opposition to reform.
It is the one year anniversary of President Obama’s executive action, known as DAPA, which would protect millions of undocumented from deportation if they’ve been in this country since 2010 and have children who are Americans. Governor Abbott, and many other governors around the country, have fought efforts to expand those privileges.
“The heartless person who lives up there, Governor Abbott, Ken Paxton and 25 other xenophobic governors are stopping our families from applying for expansion of DAPA,” said Montserrat Garibay with Education Austin.
The protesters argue that by making things difficult for immigrants here illegally it prevents them from coming out of the shadows, taking jobs in the open and paying their taxes.
Abbott and 25 other governors have fought DAPA in court, arguing President Obama ‘just can’t make up the law’.