UPDATED: Immigrant Youth Leaders in CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, TX, OK, NY, D.C. and Cities Nationwide to Defend DACA & TPS Programs

United We Dream Press Releases

Cities Nationwide – On August 15th, immigrant youth and allies from across the country will take action to demand the Trump administration protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs.

Events across the country are being organized by United We Dream and many other independent organizations. More cities to be announced soon – see www.DefendDACA.com for more.

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. This means that there are merely days left to save this vital protection. DACA is now in immediate danger and the lives of 800,000 young immigrants and their families are on the line.

August 15th marks the milestone anniversary when immigrant youth were first able to apply for DACA protection in 2012. Over the past five years, DACA has provided 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.

On August 15th, in Washington, D.C. and cities across the country, immigrants and people of conscience will mobilize to protect these vital programs.

CA, OR, WA, AZ, NM, TX, OK NM, NY, and D.C. Events Below.
See More Events at: DefendDACA.com

Modesto, CA — Today, Aug. 14th @ 8:30am PST
Local Contact: Betsy Garcia | garciabetsy1997@gmail.com | 760.520.2513

Who: Caravan of California immigrant youth with 12 DACA beneficiaries
What: Caravan to Salem, OR and Seattle, WA; in Modesto, delivery of letters on how DACA has impacted immigrant youth; call on Jeff Denham to come out publicly in support of DACA
Where: U.S. Representative Jeff Denham – Modesto District Office
4701 Sisk Road, Suite 202
Modesto, CA 95356
When: 8:30am PST
Visuals: #DefendDACA and #HereToStay posters; letter delivery; decorating caravan with haikus


Salem, OR — Today, Aug. 14th @ 6:30pm PST
Local Contact: Leonardo Reyes | reyesleonardoa@live.com | 971.239.7216

Who: Oregon immigrant youth and allies
What: Press conference calling on Governor Kate Brown to continue defending DACA and all immigrants; Oregon youth join caravan of California DACA beneficiaries to travel to Seattle, WA
Where: Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301
When: 6:30pm PST
Visuals: #DefendDACA and #HereToStay posters; story sharing; see OR leaders join CA youth on their way to WA
Facebook Link

Seattle, WA — Tomorrow, Aug 15th @ 6:00pm PST
Local Contact: Paúl Quiñonez | ptquinonezf@gmail.com | 509.851.0818

Who: Hundreds of WA immigrant youth and allies joined by 20+ immigrant leaders from CA & OR caravan
What: West Coast immigrant rally calling on Trump to keep the DACA and TPS programs in place and elected officials to come out in support of DACA
The march will begin at Sturgus Park: 904 Sturgus Ave. S Seattle, WA 98144
The rally will be held at Hing Hay Park: 423 Maynard Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104
When: 6:00pm PST
Visuals: #DefendDACA and #HereToStay posters
Facebook Link

Phoenix, AZ — Aug. 15th @ 5:00pm MST
Local Contact: Abril Gallardo | abril@luchaaz.org | 602.503.7015

Who:  Arizona Center for Empowerment, Living United for Change in Arizona, Undocumented Students for Education Equity, Arizona Dream Act Coalition, United We Dream  and community members.
What: DACA renewal drive and celebration party with a cake, music, taco truck, and a message board asking politicians to come out in support to #DefendDACA.
Where: Arizona State Capitol — Senate Lawn
1700 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
When: 5pm MST
Visuals: #DefendDACA and #HereToStay posters
Facebook Link

Las Cruces, NM — Aug. 15th @ 3pm MST
Local Contact: Isaac De Luna | idelunanavarro@gmail.com | 505.917.5501

What: Rally calling on the protection of DACA & TPS; calling on U.S. Representative Steve Pearce to come out in support of DACA & TPS and demand he stand against militarization at the border
Where: Office of Congressman Steve Pearce
570 N Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
When: 3-5pm MST
Visuals: Orange shirts that read “Defend Our Dream: Protect DACA;” white posters with superhero-style shirts that reads “Protect DACA & TPS”; DACA and #HereToStay Banners
Facebook Link

Austin, TX — Aug. 15th @ 3pm CST

Local Contact: Chris Valdez | chris@unitedwedream.org | 832.844.1480

What: Rally calling on the protection of DACA & TPS  and No SB4; demanding Attorney General Paxton to revoke his threats to kill the DACA program.
Where: Office of the Attorney General
209 W 14th St
Austin, TX 78701
When: 3pm CST
Visuals: Orange shirts that read “Defend Our Dream: Protect DACA;” white posters with superhero-style shirts that reads “Protect DACA & TPS”; DACA and #HereToStay Banners
Facebook Link

Oklahoma City, OK — Aug. 15th @ 8pm CST

Local Contact: Jessica Vazquez | jessica@daok.org | 405.826.3150

Who: Dream Act Oklahoma; immigrant youth and allies
What: Candlelight Vigil to Protect DACA, TPS & Immigrant Youth
Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
2706 S Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
When: 8pm CST
Facebook Link

New York, NY — Aug. 15th @ 5pm EST

Local Contact: Roksana Mun | roksana@drumnyc.org | 646.509.0922

What: Brown, Black and API youth rallying outside Trump Tower in defense of the DACA & TPS programs
Where: Trump Tower
725 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
Meeting at intersection of: 52nd St & 5th Ave
When: 5pm EST
Visuals: White posters with superhero-style shirts that reads “Protect DACA & TPS”; DACA and #HereToStay Banners
Facebook Link

Washington, D.C. — Aug. 15th @ 11pm-3pm EST
Local Contact: Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202.850.0812

What: Rally and march calling on the protection of DACA & TPS
Who: UWD, CASA, immigrant families and allies
Where: White House – Lafayette Park
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
When: 12pm-3pm EST
Visuals: White shirts that read “Defend Immigrants, DACA & TPS;” white posters with superhero-style shirts that reads “Defend Immigrants, DACA & TPS”; teal DACA and #HereToStay Banners
Facebook Link