The 9th Federal Appeals Court Panel, controlled by right wing judges, has ruled against DAPA and DACA
In the struggle to implement the Executive Action DAPA and DACA, signed by President Obama to protect 5 million immigrants in the United States, on May 25th we lost another battle. The conservative controlled Federal Court of Appeals Panel for the 9th Circuit decided in favor of the Republican lawsuit against the implementation of DAPA and DACA. The political reality now is, in the judicial court battle there are only two steps left. One, on July 6, the full court of the same 9th District will hold a hearing to hear arguments pro and con on the Republican lawsuit. Two, if we lose again the Department of Justice lawyers will appeal to the Supreme Court, controlled also by conservatives 5-4, and the latter will probably reach a decision by mid-2016, right in the height of the presidential campaign.
Last year in November, immediately after President Obama signed the historic DAPA-DACA Executive Action order, designed to embrace an estimated 5 million immigrants, almost half of the 12 million undocumented Americans living in the dark of the national shadows, and which was to be implemented this May 2015, I wrote a blog piece titled “A FIVE MILLION PEOPLE VICTORY” and I pointed out, “The awaited Presidential Executive Action is now a reality and an estimated 5 million immigrants in the US are now protected for three years and the only thing that can reverse the presidential decree, would be if the right wing congress appeals to the Supreme Court to declare the Executive Action as unconstitutional. If not, we the people have a presidential protection that will last many years, similar to the ones signed by other presidents. https://larayueladejavier.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/a-5-million-people-victory/.
I was right about the Republican Congress but I didn’t see Texas and the 26 Republican governors heading the lawsuit.
Make no mistake, it is clear the ruling against the progressive Obama immigration relief was a political decision made by a majority of federal judges appointed by former Republican Presidents Reagan and Bush. This, even though the other judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in his minority decision, intellectually swept the floor with the conservative judges and in doing so supported the position of the Department of Justice, that immigration relief is imminent and constitutional. To reiterate once more, it was a shameful political decision influenced by the scent of xenophobia.
This week there were press events in approximately 30 cities nationally and it was a good immediate response. However, it is also a matter of record that this year, there has not been a massive participation of the immigrant and 55 million Latinos in the streets, at the level of hundreds of thousands, to put real effective political heat on the courts and the judicial system. YES, THE MASS POLITICAL PRESSURE ON THE STREETS OF DOZENS OR HUNDREDS OF CITIES TO STOP THE REPUBLICAN FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST DAPA AND DACA IS MISSING. THEREFORE, A MEETING has been scheduled, for leaders in the region of Southern California, on Monday June 1, to initiate discussion and plan a GREAT MOBILIZATION FOR SATURDAY 4TH OF JULY, two days before the next 9th Circuit hearing. The meeting place and time in a central LA location, to be announced. Friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters, we are at a crossroads. It is a critical situation that, as you well know, affects the future of 5 million of our people, and with Republican and extreme right wing majorities in the upcoming two federal courts, there is no certainty that we will win judicially. So your presence as a recognized leader, is urgently needed once again. DO NOT ALLOW THE PERPETUALLY DIVIDED OLD GUARD IN THE LA IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT -WHICH, THIS LAST MAY DAY DISPLAYED THE IMPOTENCE OF NOT HAVING THE PULSE OF THE PEOPLE BY ONCE AGAIN, STAGING 6 PATHETICALLY SMALL DIVIDED MARCHES- TO UNCREATIVELY LEAD THIS STAGE OF THE PROCESS.
To you the DREAMers, with all the due respect to your accomplishments, this is a golden opportunity to learn from the historical elders of this movement on the skills to galvanize, mobilize and motivate unto the streets, the 4-5 million undocumented Americans and residents of California, of which 1 million live in Los Angeles,. Perhaps if you dream and the potential vision arises, you will move 100,000 dreamers for this next mega march. This, in effect, would become the largest special contingent in our history, after the Immigrant Spring of 2006, when hundreds of thousands of High School students walked out of their schools in Southern California and throughout the Southwestern states on March 24 and 26, April 15 and on Monday
May 1st for the Great American Boycott. It’s all there in the LA Times, La Opinion, the shelves of the TV networks and Wikipedia. Just Google it.
But more important, if we are successful, it could throw the Republican lawsuit into the trash bin of history and pave the way for the defeat of the far right in November 2016. This added historical accomplishments could form part of your curriculum of activism and leadership in defense and empowerment of the people. You won’t be the first.
To give you a view into the mind of Bert Corona, the historical founder and mentor of this movement in the late sixties and seventies, his last radical years: He was born in El Paso, Texas and as son of a Military Commander under Pancho Villa, he lived the tail end of the Mexican Revolution; He moved to California with a USC basketball scholarship and lived the Great Depression and the 1 million repatriations of not only immigrants but also their US citizens sons and daughters; Along with Emma Tenayuca, a Guatemalteca immigrant and communist labor leader, and Josefina Fierro, the lead female actress in “Salt of the Earth” and later deported, he co-founded the first coalitions of the early-mid 20th century movement, in our historical lands; He lived and fought in the 2nd World War and he saw the coming and worked with the hundreds of thousands of braceros that replaced American workers in the forties; He organized during the infamous Operation Wetback of the 50s and the deportation of 2 million; And he co-founded CASA-MAPA with immigrant and labor leaders Humberto Camacho and Soledad Alatorre, which is the most important pre-cursor organization of immigrants; In September 1974 he revived Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, which unfortunately after his death in 2003, divided into 3 factions. No different than your movement. Next week, I believe, it’s the anniversary of his 97th birthday
If you have any doubts or questions about the proven political effects of the mass struggle for the causes of the people in our country or anywhere in the world, I suggest you see “SELMA” the movie or you read my last blog/article titled “MAY DAY ECLIPSED BY DIVISONS,” published in FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN, AZTLANETWORK.COM, LatinoREDNetwork.Com, OccupyLA.Org, NAIR.Org, and https://larayueladejavier.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/may-day-in-los-angeles-eclipsed-by-divisions/, etc., or write me at email@example.com or call me 213-446-0228.
A side note for all my friends and family on my health recovery, my legs are about 80% recovered. For months, since the two hip replacement surgeries and since my Kaiser Doctor Chivas gave me the green light to gradually exercise, I have been lifting weights and presently I am doing approximately 2600 weight repetitions, including legs. I have also begun to increase the weight to respectable levels and TRUST ME, I am recovering my body and have a lot more respect for it because it’s part of me. Although, I am on part time job activity I also have a heathier diet.
*Javier Rodriguez is a blogger and a media and political strategist. A long time social activist, he is co-founder of the Millions of Voices Coalition in LA that on Sept. 22, 2013 organized one of the largest marches with thousands of people in Downtown LA for Immigration Reform; He was also the initiator and directed the making of the 1.7 million historical immigration march in Los Angeles on March 25, 2006, as well as the May 1st 2006 Great American Boycott;
Back in 1982-86, he directed the mass street mobilizations in LA that led up to the Amnesty Law IRCA of 1986; a journalist, he traveled for 5 ½ months throughout Mexico in 2012, observing and writing about the country’s political process, the aftermath of a highly questioned presidential election, visited several war zones and his family, as well as the State of Tabasco at the border with Guatemala, where the Central American migrants catch the train they call “La Bestia-The Beast.” Between 1987 and 1996, his son Jesus, his nephew Jaramillo and his brother Jesus all fell victim to neighborhood violence in the area. His blog is Larayueladejavier.wordpress.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.