Kababayans join nationwide marches for immigrant rights

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News


SAN JOSE, CA — “Here to stay” was the theme of a recent march through downtown San Jose that comprised of a diverse crowd of community members declaring protection from the possible actions that could negatively affect them from the hands of a Donald Trump administration.

Kababayans joined Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, labor advocates, women’s advocates, and the undocumented in this act of solidarity.

“Santa Clara County is the county in the Bay Area with the highest number of Filipinos, and as we know nationally — a fourth of Filipinos, it’s been estimated, are undocumented. So these issues are particularly close to the Filipino community,” said NAFCON’s Michael Tayag.

“We are also predicting that the Trump administration will likely exacerbate some of the root causes in the Philippines — the poverty, the incursion of multinational corporations, and mining, that are forcing our Kababayans to leave [the Philippines] in the first place.”

The day of action specifically calls for preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — creating safe spaces in churches and schools — and for local policy changes at the state and city level to protect immigrants, Muslims, and refugees from hateful attacks and policies.

Fil-Am San Jose State University student John Patrick Sanchez migrated with his family to the US in 2006.

Facing student loans and advocating for the rights of fellow immigrants, Sanchez says it is important that actions like these take place in order to send a message to those in power that the demands of a unity community must be met.

“We hope that beyond the protests, all communities around the country are organizing themselves, so that they know the basic tools and necessities to protect themselves against this system,” Sanchez, who is a part of Anakbayan Silicon Valley, says.

Filipinos who joined in this protest say they will also be part of the San Jose portion of the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st.

According to Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour, more than 300 simultaneous local protests will occur across all 50 states, and support marches are planned in 30 other countries — making it the possibility of one of the largest demonstrations in history.

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    23 January 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    You all are a bunch of clowns, who want to help the illegal people in America. All of you should be pick-up by the FBI, and be sent back to your country. And not allow back into America. Do you all know how many Americans got kill in wars to make America “SAFE.” And you all dummy that come from another country illegal want your ways, noway in hell you all going get your way, because we true Americans will kick you all out of America.