NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Drivers around city hall faced blocked streets as hundreds took part in a protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in New Orleans.
They protested as the federal appeals court in New Orleans considered whether to block deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants.
Twenty-six states, including Louisiana, sued to block President Obama's executive order that gives a reprieve to millions living in the United States illegally.
Hundreds engaged in a blockade outside the regional ICE headquarters in support of ending deportations.
The president's order not only postpones the deportation of 5 million people here illegally, but it allows for the issuance of work permits. The states say the president over-stepped his bounds.
On Friday, the appeals court hearing deals with whether the court's earlier preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of the president's order should be lifted.
"We're not expecting a response very soon. That is going to take at least another year and it might go to the Supreme Court," said Fernando Lopez with the Congress of Day Laborers. "In the meantime people are still being deported."
The protest and court hearing come as the national debate over illegal immigration has heightened in the country. That's because a man who had been deported at least five times is accused of shooting a woman in San Francisco for no apparent reason as she walked with her father.
Attorneys on both sides are expected to speak following the hearing.