The Texas Organizing Project held a workshop Thursday evening for those affected by the Supreme Court ruling with an immigration attorney on hand to help. Meanwhile, a group of about two dozen marched to Dallas City Hall.
About 30 people marched downtown to city hall Thursday to protest the Supreme Court's tied decision on immigration reform.
Immigrant families and supporters said that the immigration program would've done so much for them. They would've been able to stop living out of fear that they would someday be deported. But on Thursday, they found out that's not going to happen just yet.
The group marched and shouted in Spanish that they are not criminals. They said they just want to be able to live freely without the fear that one wrong move could send them away.
Some parents said they're afraid to travel or even take their kids on field trips or to school out of fear of possibly getting caught and deported.
At St. Edwards Church, the Texas Organizing Project hosted a workshop of immigrant families who were affected by the recent Supreme Court decision to help them understand what this means for them, now that the program so many had hoped would give them some relief from deportation was not going to happen.
“They could've gotten protection from deportation, driver’s license, social security number and a work permit,” said Melissa Hernandez with the Texas Organizing Project. “All of that is so valuable to our communities, and all of that would've given them an opportunity to come out of these shadows.”
The Texas Organizing Project says they'll continue to push for immigration reform. In the meantime, they're helping families figure out what their options are to establish U.S. residency and possible citizenship.