100 Undocumented Youth Travel to DC to Defend DACA

United We Dream Press Releases


Connecticut – Today, 100 immigrant youth from across Connecticut joined  a thousand youth and allies from around the country in DC for a National Day of Action to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Today is the 5th anniversary of DACA, marking 5 years since 800,000 immigrant youth (and 5,000 in Connecticut) have been able to get legal protection, go to college, and support their families.  This program is now at risk since 10 anti-immigrant Attorneys General sent a letter to Donald Trump threatening to sue if the administration doesn’t end the DACA program by September 5.

Video of the action can be found here, Photos of the action can be found here, here, and here.

As the clock counts down, 100 CT youth and  allies, from Danbury, Hartford, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, Willimantic and more, marched and rallied at  the White House to demand the Trump administration protect the DACA and the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) programs. learn more at: DefendDACA.com.

Yeni Cortes, DACA Recipient and New Haven resident, who confronted former DHS Secretary Kelly earlier this year: “Back in January, I went up to General John Kelly who now serves as Trump’s Chief of Staff. I looked him in the eye and told him that I was undocumented and unafraid. To John Kelly I say this: you are more powerful today than when we last talked. You and the President have a choice to make about DACA. Do you save this protection and work permits for me and nearly a million other DACA beneficiaries? Or will you throw us into poverty, kick us out of our jobs and release your deportation agents on us? You cannot pass the responsibility to someone else”

Camila Bortolleto, DACA beneficiary, and C4D Campaign Manager, “DACA has given me and thousands of other immigrant youth the ability to live without fear of deportation, to get a work permit, and a driver’s licenses. Now all that is in danger of being taken away.  But we will NOT go back into the shadows.  We will save DACA and protect our ENTIRE communities. Today we sent a message to the Trump administration: We have won before, we will win again, and we are #HereToStay. And next week, we call on all people of conscience to join us in the fight in CT. We will be hosting “Defend DACA” Community Meetings in Waterbury, New Britain, Stamford, and Bridgeport”


Connecticut Students for a Dream is a youth-led statewide network fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and their families.