‘We Can’t Give Up’: Local Family vs. SCOTUS Immigration Block

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DALLAS -- No matter what side of the fence you're on, there's really no escaping illegal immigration talk, especially when it's something that hits close to home.

After Cecilia Ontiveros  heard that one of her parent's only chances of gaining temporary legal status was shot down by the Supreme Court of the United States Thursday, she found herself heartbroken but still hopeful.

"I just tell them that we can't give up yet, no matter what they say we have to keep trying," Ontiveros told NewsFix.


The Ontiveros Family

Texas and 26 other states challenged the legality of programs like DAPA and DACA that give illegal immigrants the opportunity to apply for work permits and would prevent them from being deported.

"I know that most of Texas is built up of Mexicans and come from different places," Ontiveros explained. "I know that they're not going to stop until we get them to pass DAPA and DACA."

The SCOTUS deadlocked in a 4-to-4 vote on the president's executive actions that could've blocked Cecilia's parents and over 4 million other illegal Latinos from deportation. The case now goes back to the lower court ruling, which blocked the program last year.

Cecilia and her mom are a part of Workers Defense Project, which is a non-profit that fights for equal rights. Thursday's vote didn't totally kill Obama's proposals, but it does delay illegal immigrants' chance at living the American dream.

"I know it's harder for my dad because when he was in Mexico he was a chef, he liked to cook," Ontiveros said. "When he came to the U.S., there wasn't much to choose from so he had to learn to paint, do construction and all that little by little and he didn't get to choose what he wanted to do."

House Speaker, Paul Ryan called the Supreme Court's decision "a win for Congress."

He added, "Presidents doesn't write laws, the Congress writes law."