Immigrant youth are raising their voice to tell the Justices to Preserve DACA, move local officials to do more to protect their families, and declare their home is here and they’re here to stay.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.793.2267
Washington, D.C. – Thousands of students across the country walked out of their classes today, just days before the November 12th Supreme Court hearing where the Trump administration will seek to overrule three separate courts and ask the Supreme Court to allow him to cancel deportation protections for over 700,000 immigrant youth.
The walk-outs, organized by members of United We Dream in the D.C. metro area, Chicago, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, and Oklahoma City (including the entirety of the Oklahoma City Public Schools District) put a face to the people whose lives will be impacted by the Justices’ decision and to highlight that their home is here and they are here to stay. In addition to the Supreme Court, walk-out participants called on their own local leaders to do more to protect immigrant youth, their families, and the broader immigrant community.
Karla Aguirre, DACA Recipient and Field organizer for United We Dream, said:
“Youth across the world right now are leading protest movements to save the planet, to push back against cuts to our education, to keep our families together, and to save our democracy. Today is no different. Young people know that DACA is the very least that we should be doing so that immigrants and everyone can have the right and the opportunity to thrive.”
Leidy Leon is a 17 year old undocumented youth from Mexico who was unable to apply for DACA because it was terminated before her 15th birthday. She is an organizer of the Pajaro Valley High School walk-out and rally in Santa Cruz, CA. She added:
“We can’t be studying history when it’s being made around us in this very moment. We’re willing to interrupt a day of class if it means our lives won’t be interrupted by Trump’s deportation force. Even though I don’t have DACA, I believe youth like me have the power to unify the country and make our home a better place for all of us.”
The walk-outs precede a planned rally at the Supreme Court on November 12 where DACA recipients, undocumented people and allies will be taking action in DC, Texas, and across the country to call on the Supreme Court to protect DACA recipients and all of our undocumented community.
Several federal courts have already ruled that Trump’s September 2017 attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was completely unlawful. Injunctions entered by those courts have allowed DACA renewals to continue and those eligible are encouraged to renew immediately. Still, hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth who would be eligible for DACA but were too young to apply when Trump attempted to cancel the program have been prevented from filing new applications.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.