SAN FRANCISCO — Protests over the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA continued in San Francisco, where Filipino-Americans, students, and government leaders there say they will join in solidarity with the millions of DACA recipients who may face deportation.
These Pinoys joined a last minute demonstration on Tuesday to send a clear message to the Trump administration — they will defend the Dreamers.
“A program like this should not be rescinded. We can see in various ways it helps the undocumented community especially youth and children but we also recognize it does not stop there. It goes through comprehensive immigration reform,” says student Raymond Jegillos.
“We are here to say that undocumented immigrants are not criminals. We are not going to fall into the trap of good versus bad immigrants, we are here to defend all 11 million undocumented immigrants, and the Filipino community will be affected by what’s happening,” says Aurora Victoria David.
According to the Center for Migration Studies, Asian undocumented immigrants account for about 14% of the total undocumented US population. A majority of those live in California.
The Migration Policy Institute estimates more than 880,000 DACA recipients risk losing their benefits at the end of those six months — including 5,050 Filipino DACA beneficiaries.
Fil-Ams here say that the rescission of DACA reveals how Trump really feels about immigrants.
“We’re just seeing a white nationalist in the form of Trump rescinding those rights, and telling them they don’t have the right to work. They don’t have the right to travel. That they should live in fear of deportation — so there is a lot of fear and anger in the immigrant community right now.”