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Community Fair on Immigration This Saturday in Phoenix

Immigration advocates are to hold a community fair on Saturday in Phoenix. Credit: Avidcreative/iStockphoto
Immigration advocates are to hold a community fair on Saturday in Phoenix. Credit: Avidcreative/iStockphoto
November 20, 2015

PHOENIX - Immigration advocates will hold a community fair at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday, marking one year since President Obama signed executive orders on immigration, creating the program known as DAPA and expanding DACA.

DAPA - Deferred Action for Parents of Americans - would allow undocumented parents of U.S. citizens to stay and work in the country legally, and DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - would defer deportation for undocumented people who arrived here as children.

James Garcia, spokesman for the nonprofit Promise Arizona, says immigration-rights groups also are starting the one-year countdown to the presidential election.

"This is going to be sustained all the way through Election Day," he said, "because we don't want the country and we certainly don't want Congress to forget that this is a major issue that is still unresolved."

DAPA and DACA have been blocked in the lower courts, and the Justice Department is appealing them to the Supreme Court, which will decide by January whether to take up these cases.

Meanwhile, immigration has become a major issue in the Republican primary. Garcia said the inflammatory rhetoric demonizing immigrants is regrettable.

"Most of the folks coming here are clearly coming here to work, and extremely few of them get involved in any kind of criminal activity," he said. "So, to use them in a wedge issue in the presidential campaign is simply wrongheaded, unfair and, frankly, verges on completely immoral."

The community fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the state Capitol in Phoenix.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ