Hundreds to Converge on New Orleans Courthouse as Panel Hears Arguments in TX Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

Hundreds to Converge on New Orleans Courthouse as Panel Hears Arguments in TX Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Will Weigh Emergency Request to Lift Injunction Blocking Obama Immigration Actions


NEW ORLEANS – This week, immigrants, faith leaders, advocates, and others will come together in New Orleans for actions surrounding oral arguments at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas lawsuit challenging President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. On Friday, a panel of three judges will weigh a request for an emergency stay by the Department of Justice, which if granted, would allow the new DAPA program and DACA program expansion to proceed.

Friday’s hearing will follow three days-worth of actions and media events in New Orleans. Starting Wednesday, the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and the Congress of Day Laborers will hold a Congreso meeting where members will provide testimony about the importance of protecting DAPA in the courts and in the streets.  The meeting will take place at 7pm at 3401 Canal St, New Orleans.

On Thursday at 6pm, the Congreso de Jornaleros will be joined by community members and faith allies for a prayer vigil outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at LaFayette Square. 

On Friday, April 17th at 9am, over 150 impacted immigrant family members, national immigration advocates, and legal experts will gather outside the courthouse to hold a rally and press conference to take place immediately following the legal arguments.

Led by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice and the Congress of Day Laborers, Friday’s rally will feature immigrants and advocates from nine states around the Southeast. Other participating groups include United We Dream, Latinos in Action (MO), Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Latin American Coalition (NC), Texas Organizing Project, We Belong Together, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and Arkansas United Community Coalition. Attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center will provide legal analysis.


This week’s events in New Orleans will be echoed by events taking place across the country.  For a full list of what’s happening, click here.


To learn more about Wednesday’s Congreso Meeting and Thursday’s Prayer Vigil, contact Nelson Motto at (504) 322-8992.

Information on Friday’s event follows below:

WHAT: Rally and Press Conference

WHEN: 9:00am (rally), 10:00am (arguments begin), press conference immediately after arguments

WHERE: LaFayette Square, New Orleans, LA 70130


While 26 states have joined the Texas lawsuit, a large, and growing coalition of states, lawmakers, and local municipalities have submitted amicus briefs in support of the President’s programs that are currently on hold. 


For more information, contact Kyle Tharp (865) 776-9645