NOTICIAS DE ULTIMO MINUTO: Jueces gobiernan en contra de millones de familias inmigrantes! BREAKING: Judges rule against millions of immigrant families!

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El martes, 26 de mayo, jueces republicanos de apelación en el Quinto Circuito del Tribunal de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos fallaron en contra de la acción ejecutiva del presidente Obama sobre la inmigración. La acción ejecutiva de Obama, aprobada en noviembre de 2014, habría proporcionado estatus legal temporal para un máximo de 5 millones de personas indocumentadas. Un juez conservador de Texas detuvo este programa en febrero y, muy decepcionante, que el fallo contra los inmigrantes fue confirmada hoy.

El Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos apelará esta dura decisión y millones de familias inmigrantes continuarán esperando y luchando por un programa que los proteja de la deportación. Más información sobre el fallo aquí.

Líderes inmigrantes de Nuevo Movimiento Santuario afectados por esta decisión injusta hablan:

“Me siento mal al saber que hay gente sin sentimientos que no nos mueve el sufrimiento de los indocumentados. Todos somos seres humanos como ellos. Asi como empeze una lucha en Santuario, seguiremos luchando para que haya jusiticia para todos.
– Angela Navarro, una madre indocumentada quien vivio en Santuario por 58 dias hasta que paro su orden final de deportación.

“Ahora vuelve el miedo. Yo salgo de dejar mis hijas a la escuela y no puedo evitar el miedo de por la tarde ya no puedo recogerlas. Nos han quitado la esperanza de poder tener un documento. Es un dano tambien para las ninas porque las ninas estaban muy ilusionadas con la accion de Presidente y al saber que lo han bloqueado sera muy fuerte para las ninas.
– Lucy, una madre de Mexico con hijas ciudadanas.

“La lucha continua. No se ha perdido. Continuamos por nuestros sueños y lo vamos a ganar porque el ser humano siempre tiene una semilla de grandeza impulsado por el espíritu y la bendición de Dios.”
– Gerardo Flores, un abuelo de Mexico.

Ahora más que nunca, es fundamental para los inmigrantes, ciudadanos y personas de fe a unirse para luchar por la dignidad inherente a toda persona, independientemente de su estatus migratorio. Como empujamos para los tribunales superiores de defender programa de inmigración de Obama – y estamos seguros de que vamos a ganar – Nuevo Movimiento Santuario y nuestros socios de la coalición están organizando para las licencias de conducir para todos en Pennsylvania. Aunque no es el estatuto jurídico que millones de personas necesitan desesperadamente, licencias de conducir son una forma concreta para disminuir la deportación y hacer Pennsylvania un lugar más seguro para trabajar e ir a la escuela por miembros de la comunidad inmigrante.

Vamos a seguir luchando hasta que cada familia pueda estar juntos porque todos somos hijos y hijas de Dios y todos merecemos las mismas oportunidades con el derecho fundamental a estar seguros con nuestras comunidades escogidas.

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On Tuesday, May 26, Republican appellate judges on the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals ruled against President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. Obama’s Executive Action, passed in November 2014, would have provided temporary legal status for up to 5 million undocumented people. A conservative judge in Texas halted this program in February and, very disappointingly, that anti-immigrant ruling was upheld today.

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal this harsh ruling and millions of immigrant families will continue to wait and fight for a program that will protect them from deportation. Learn more about the ruling here.

New Sanctuary Movement immigrant leaders affected by this unjust decision speak out:

“I feel terrible that there are people out there who don’t care about the suffering in the undocumented community. We are all human beings like them. Just as I started a fight against my final deportation order in Sanctuary, we’ll continue to fight until there’s justice for everyone.”
-Angela Navarro, an undocumented Honduran mother took Sanctuary for 58 days to stop her deportation

“I take my daughters to school every day and I can’t avoid the fear that in the afternoon I won’t be able to pick them up because of deportation. My daughters were so excited because of the President’s action, and the fact that it’s been blocked again will be really hard on them.”
-Lucy, a mother from Mexico with three U.S. citizen daughters.

“The fight continues. We haven’t lost. We’ll keep fighting for our dreams and we’ll win because inside of every human being there is always a seed of greatness given to us by the spirit and blessing of God.”
-Gerardo Flores, grandfather from Mexico

Now more than ever, it is critical for immigrants, citizens, and people of faith to come together to fight for the dignity inherent in every person, regardless of their immigration status. As we push for higher courts to uphold Obama’s immigration program – and we are confident that we will win – New Sanctuary Movement and our coalition partners are organizing for driver’s licenses for all in Pennsylvania. While not the legal status that millions of people desperately need, driver’s licenses are a concrete way to decrease deportation and make Pennsylvania a safer place to work and go to school for immigrant community members. 

We’re going to keep fighting until every family can stay together. We’re all children of God and deserve the saem opportunity to remain with our chosen communities.

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