President Obama’s executive action will change the lives of millions of immigrants, protecting them from deportation and allowing them to legally work. But some two dozen states, led by Texas and its Governor-elect Greg Abbott, are trying to take the policy change with their lawsuit against executive action.
Yesterday, Houston immigrants and advocates visited Abbott at his Houston office, singing Christmas carols, holding up pictures of Abbott as the Grinch, presenting him with “All I Want for Christmas is my Family” cards with messages from families and drawings from children, and asking him to stop his attack on families. The effort was organized by the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Mi Familia Vota, Service Employees International Union Texas (SEIU TX), CRECEN, FIEL, Dominican Sisters, and others.
As Maria Perez, a Houston janitor and SEIU Texas member said in a press release:
I appeal to Mr. Abbott as a father. I work very hard each day to create a better life for my three children. Texas is my home. Mr. Abbott needs to think of the families, like my own, who could be torn apart if he continues with his lawsuit.
A selection of the cards can be seen at DearGregAbbott.tumblr.com where anyone can submit messages to the Governor-Elect and more will be posted in the coming days.