Immigrant rights activists hold vigil in LA

Posted at 08/07/2014 3:59 PM

LOS ANGELES – Over a hundred immigrant rights activists held a night of prayer in downtown Los Angeles to call on President Barack Obama to use his executive power to fix America's broken immigration system, especially on the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors now going through the immigration system.

Despite Republican challenges, the president has hinted that he will use his executive powers to help legalize millions of undocumented immigrants possibly similar to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gave immigration relief to Filipino dreamers like Sean Tan.

"We don't want any deportations of the Central American children but also as a DACA recipient I know the benefits of administrative relief. It has helped me in college. If there are plans for administrative relief extended to parents, definitely my parents would benefit. All my family is undocumented," said Tan.

While immigrant rights activists make a plea for administrative relief, they also understand that executive orders may not be a permanent solution to immigration problems.

Executive orders can expire when Presidents leave office. Obama will finish his term in 2016.

Despite the newfound hope, immigrant rights activists are also calling on Congress for a permanent fix to the immigration system.

"I'm hopeful that administrative relief can be extended to my family but at the same time I want something more permanent, for congress to act on immigration reform," added Tan.

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