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In New Orleans And Around The Nation, Families Rally In Support Of Immigration Action

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As judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on whether to let DAPA and expanded DACA go forward, hundred of families rallied in support of immigration action outside the New Orleans courthouse and across the nation.

Allies from Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Texas Organizing Project, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and a host of other groups joined the families Friday to show the “strength and commitment” of the movement to restore relief.

“While we held vigil, marched, and rallied before the 5th Circuit Court and our local allies held a civil disobedience in front of the New Orleans ICE office,” said Reform Immigration FOR America, “Activists across the country flooded the offices of the 26 Governors and Attorneys General with thousands of calls, demanding they drop the lawsuit.”

On the steps of the courthouse in New Orleans, Rep. Luis Gutierrez joined the families in a fiery speech blasting the partisan Republican attacks on DAPA and expanded DACA and vowing Latino, Asian-American, and immigrant voters will fight back at the ballot box.

Audio of the oral arguments from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is available for listening here.

A Storify of the #FamiliesFightBack action at the New Orleans courthouse and around the nation is below.