Immigrant Youth and Allies Mobilize to Defend DACA & TPS in Cities and States Across the Country

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Cities Nationwide – In cities and states across the country, thousands of immigrant youth and allies took to the streets to demand the Trump administration protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs.

Today, marked the fifth anniversary of when immigrant youth were first able to apply for DACA protection in 2012. But DACA, a highly successful and widely supported program, is now in immediate danger. September 5th is the deadline that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other right-wing politicians have given Trump to end the DACA program.

Over the past five years, DACA has provided 800,000 immigrant youth protection from deportation, the opportunity for higher education and jobs, and more stability to our communities. Similarly, TPS has aided over 300,000 immigrants from Africa, Haiti, Central America and other countries that have suffered from major catastrophes.

DACA recipients, immigrants protected under TPS and our allies have a message to the Trump administration: We have won before, we will win again, and we are #HereToStay.

A wide range of independent immigrant community and allied organizations are holding actions today and over the coming week. See www.DefendDACA.com for all sponsoring organizations, events and contacts.

Recap of DC, TX, NY, MA, OR, and NM Actions Below. More Actions Underway Now
See More Visuals HERE.

Washington, D.C.

At the nation’s capital, over 2,000 immigrant youth and allies rallied and marched together in support of the DACA program and TPS protection. At the end of the march, twenty five people including Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House. NAKASEC held a vigil with faith leaders following the action. The Washington, DC, rally and march were co-sponsored by CASA and United We Dream.

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See D.C. video of the action here and images here.

 

Austin, TX

Immigrant youth leaders, educators, labor advocates and day laborers rally outside the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton, while six leaders block the entrance. Paxton is responsible for spearheading the attacks on DACA and introducing a lawsuit the morning after the racist “show me your papers” SB 4 law was signed in an effort to proclaim it constitutional. Speakers included DACA beneficiaries and a woman with DACA whose husband was deported just this weekend less than 24 hours after being racially profiled in Refugio,TX.

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See TX video here and here. See photos here, here, and here.

 

New York, NY

Hundreds of brown, Black and Asian Pacific-Islander immigrant youth, mothers and fathers and allies gathered outside of Trump Tower, where Trump has returned while the White House undergoes renovations, to demand that he keep the DACA and TPS programs in place. Community members also demanded an end to Broken Windows policies which have expanded the deportation pipeline for minor offenses.

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See a video of the action here and images here, here, and here.

San Diego, CA

A caravan with 12 DACA beneficiaries left San Diego, CA, on Monday headed to the West Coast with stops along the way to call on elected officials to defend the program. During their first stop in Los Angeles they joined Million Hoodies and the Los Angeles Summer Solidarity Institute, a program for South Asian youth, to share their stories in a closed-for-press panel. Their second stop was to U.S. Representative Jeff Denham’s Modesto District Office where they delivered personal letters sharing their stories and calling on him to defend DACA. The third stop was in Salem, OR, and immigrant youth and allies held a press conference calling on Governor Kate Brown to continue defending DACA and all immigrants. The caravan will make its last stop in Seattle, WA, for a march with fellow DACA beneficiaries and allies.

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See images of the CA, OR, WA caravan here and here.  

Boston, MA

Unafraid Educators from the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) mobilized in front of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in support of DACA and TPS.

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See images of the action here and here.

Las Cruces, NM
Immigrant youth from across New Mexico gather outside the office of U.S. Representative Steve Pearce to demand he come out publicly in support of DACA. Border residents share their stories of life under the surveillance of Border Patrol and demand that Rep. Pearce reject any spending that would lead to further militarization of the border.

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See NM video here and here. See pictures here, here, and here.

 

LOCAL EVENT CONTACTS INCLUDE:
(See www.DefendDACA.com for all sponsoring organizations and contacts.)
DC Metro: Maria Fernanda Durand | fdurand@wearecasa.org | 240.706.2624
DC (Vigil): Ashley Yu | ashley@krcla.org | 626-862-3249
CA & Caravan: Betsy Garcia | garciabetsy1997@gmail.com | 760.520.2513
CA: Jorge Mario Cabrera | jmcabrera@chirla.org | 562.243.5559
OR: Leonardo Reyes | reyesleonardoa@live.com | 971.239.7216
WA: Paúl Quiñonez | ptquinonezf@gmail.com | 509.851.0818
AZ: Abril Gallardo | abril@luchaaz.org | 602.503.7015
NM: Isaac De Luna | idelunanavarro@gmail.com | 505.917.5501
TX: Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 832.844.1480
OK: Jessica Vazquez | jessica@daok.org | 405.826.3150
NY: Roksana Mun | roksana@drumnyc.org | 646.509.0922