CA farmworker families await Supreme Ct immigration ruling

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:49 AM

Excited and anxious, Cuevas showed up in Washington, D. C., on behalf of two of those people: her parents, both farmworkers in California.“My drive and my motivation and my work ethic arrive from my parents,” said Cuevas, twenty-four, by telephone.

CA farmworker families await Supreme Ct immigration ruling

UC Davis learner Lizbeth Cuevas stood exterior the highest Ct in the land on Monday as the Supreme Ct examined whether President Barack Obama can defend as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

Excited and anxious, Cuevas showed up in Washington, D. C., on behalf of two of those people: her parents, both farmworkers in California.

“My drive and my motivation and my work ethic arrive from my parents,” said Cuevas, twenty-four, by telephone. She’s due to graduate from UC Davis in June with a degree in human development and has aspirations to work in education, mental health or immigration policy.

Acting on a valid challenge brought by twenty-six states, the high Ct is deciding whether parents of U. S. citizens or lawful permanent residents can legally stay in the United States and get work permits below an executive order signed by Obama. Cuevas appeared exterior the Ct as portion of a chanting crowd of farmworker families from CA with the hope that her hard-toiling parents will be allowed to stay.

Cuevas’ mother and father will be in the clear if the Ct upholds Obama’s program, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. They became eligible for the program because their youngest child, Cueva’s 13-year-old brother, Carlos, is a U. S.-born citizen.

Lizbeth Cuevas, who arrived in CA from Michoacán, Mexico, as a tiny child, was able to work and go to college below a previous Obama executive action, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. She said in a telephone interview from exterior the court: “I don’t wish anything more than for my parents to have the same opportunities, to not have the fear of being deported.”

Cuevas said her 44-year-old dad was a farmworker in CA for twenty-five years, harvesting lemons, peaches, grapes, strawberries and cherries from Oxnard to Stockton before finding employment in construction. Her mother has moved from farm work to house cleaning. Cuevas doesn’t wish their names publicized until they can emerge from the shadows without fear of deportation.

“There is a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement,” she said about the Supreme Ct taking up the case.

Obama’s DAPA action has been blocked by a federal district Ct in TX as well as the fifth U. S. Circuit Ct of Appeals in New Orleans.

As a result, Sacramento immigration lawyer Marien Sorensen said many families that stand to benefit below the Obama executive order are gripped with “anxiety and fear.”

“There is anxiety because time is running out,” Sorensen said. “Obama is on his way out of office. So there is fear, even if there is a positive decision from the court, that there won’t be time to implement” the Obama order. “We don’t know who the following president will be, and there is so much anti-immigrant rhetoric from particular candidates.”

Exterior the Supreme Court, Alvaro Martinez, a 28-year-old farmworker from McFarland, said he and his farmworker wife hope for a ruling that'll let them stay in CA with their American-born daughter, Zuleykha Martinez, five.

Martinez earns $9 to $tenth an hr picking tangerines, grapes, almonds and blueberries in California. He hopes to be able to legally travel back and forth from Mexico so he can visit his father, whom he hasn’t seen in 10 years.

“The president has done a excellent thing for farmworkers,” Martinez said of the Obama order. “It won’t just benefit me, but thousands of farmworkers. It'll give us security and a chance to assistance our children here and our parents there.”

Also traveling to WA as portion of the gathering organized by the United Farm Workers was Adrian Barajas, nineteen, of Bakersfield. A U. S.-born citizen, Barajas used to work in the fields. Presently he's planning to go to Bakersfield College and then San Diego State Univ to study economics.

Barajas’ father, Marcelino Barajas, forty-five, was deported to Mexico a decade ago after being picked up on unpaid traffic tickets. Presently the younger Barajas hopes his mom, Maria, forty-two, an unauthorized immigrant who harvests grapes and prunes vines in Kern County vineyards, can visit her husband in Mexico and also stay in CA to look her oldest son succeed.

“I have faith,” said Adrian Barajas, who's three younger siblings, all U. S. citizens.

He said his mom was pleased that he went to the rally exterior the Supreme Court – but didn’t wish to be there herself.

“She was afraid of being deported,” he said.

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