WHEN: 9:00am CT (rally), 10:00am CT (arguments begin), press conference immediately after arguments
Location: LaFayette Square, New Orleans, LA 70130
Legal Experts, Immigrants, Civil Rights Leaders, and Advocates React to 5thCircuit Hearing in Texas Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit
As Hundreds Rally Outside Courthouse, Post-Hearing Press Conference Will Highlight Immigrant Stories, Provide Immediate Legal, Political Analysis of Oral Arguments
NEW ORLEANS – This week, immigrants, faith leaders, advocates, and others will come together in New Orleans for actions surrounding oral arguments at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas lawsuit challenging President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. On Friday, a panel of three judges will weigh a request for an emergency stay by the Department of Justice, which if granted, would allow the new DAPA program and DACA program expansion to proceed.
Friday’s press conference will follow three days’ worth of actions in surrounding the hearing in New Orleans. On Wednesday The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the Congress of Laborers held a meeting where members provided testimony on the importance of DACA to the community and tonight the Congreso de Jornaleros will hold a community prayer vigil ahead of Friday’s hearing.
To learn more about Wednesday’s Congreso and Thursday’s Prayer Vigil, contact Nelson Motto at (504) 322-8992. This week’s events in New Orleans will be echoed by events taking place across the county. For a full list of what’s happening, click here.
WHAT: Joint Press Conference with National Immigration Law Center, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice’s Congress of Day Laborers, Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and United We Dream
- Saket Soni, Executive Director, NOWCRJ and National Guestworker Alliance
- Fernando Lopez, Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers
- Brenda Castro, Member, Congress of Day Laborers
- Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
- Derrick Johnson, President, Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP
- Martha Lugo, Member, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
- Cristina Jimenez, Managing Director, United We Dream
While 26 states have joined the Texas lawsuit, a large, and growing coalition of states, lawmakers, and local municipalities have submitted amicus briefs in support of the President’s programs that are currently on hold.