PHOENIX — Homemaker Rocio Andiola had been preparing to apply for President Barack Obama’s program sheltering millions of migrants from deportation when a Texas judge issued an order blocking the program earlier this week.
Initially discouraged, she decided to carry on getting her documentation, regardless, to show that she is eligible for the expanded program of deportation relief for migrants like her, brought to the United States as children.
“When I found out about the delay, I felt they were playing games with us. It just made me feel mad,” said Andiola, 35. “I don’t know what comes next, but I am not going to give up.”
Her quiet defiance is shared by many migrants in this border state since U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction on Monday blocking the president’s immigration initiatives, which would have shielded up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and issued them work permits.