GUEST: Salvador Sarmiento, Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Carl Takei, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Prison Project.
A federal judge named Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas has singlehandedly quashed the hopes, at least temporarily, of millions of undocumented immigrants who were hoping for deportation relief as a result of President Obama’s executive action. The program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), was just hours away from accepting its first applications when Hanen put a hold on the program, so that a group of 25 states could sue the White House over the policy. The move is happening in tandem with Republican efforts to use the legislative process to undermine DAPA through holding hostage the annual funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
Also in Texas in recent days, there was major riot at a detention center in Raymondville by nearly 3000 undocumented prisoners. The inmates, were being held in a privately run prison that has come under fire from civil rights groups in the past. Using pipes to tear down structures, they protested among other things, a lack of medical care.