CASA holds rally in support of deportation deferral.

Executive action would affect approximately 16,000 undocumented county residents

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Maya Ledezma Dominguez of Hyattsville said she has been living with the fear of being deported while her 7-year-old American-born daughter was at school.

“I imagine what would happen if my daughter were alone by herself,” Dominguez said through a translator provided by immigrant advocacy nonprofit CASA.

Speaking at a rally held April 16 at CASA headquarters in Langley Park, Dominquez said she and her husband, who are both undocumented, hope to apply for deportation relief through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DOPA, program, created by President Barack Obama’s executive action in November.

Shouting “Si se puede,” Spanish for “Yes we can,” roughly 500 people attended the CASA rally in support of DOPA and another executive action, which extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The DACA extension would include children who came into the country before 2010.

A temporary injunction preventing implementation of DAPA and DACA was issued by Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in February blocking the program while a lawsuit challenging the program proceeds.

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