On DACA deadline, advocates protest lack of action to protect Dreamers
NEW YORK — Monday, March 5 was supposed to be the end of DACA –- the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, President Obama’s executive action that provides work permits and protection for nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought into the US as children from deportation.
Last September, President Trump gave the US Congress 6 months to pass a legislative fix, or he would end DACA on Monday.
But a number of federal courts ruled that Trump’s move to end DACA is not fully justified.
A Supreme Court ruling has delayed DACA’s end date possibly for another year. On Monday, these Dreamers who took to the streets in Queens say they are not giving up just yet.
“We haven’t gotten a solution that can remove us completely from the worry, but we’ve made progress hoping that the program is not completely cancelled. We’re still here, that gives us a sense of hope,” said Mustafa Ghonim.
These mostly young protesters and dreamers says they are energized more than ever to keep fighting for a Clean Dream Act, thanks to the boldness and activism inspired by the student survivors of the Parkland Florida high school shooting.
“The younger people are no longer silent, I think we’ve been recognizing for the past 30 years, no actually in all of American history. The young people have stepped forward to dictate where we want the united states to go,” said Ester Rim.
“It’s important we get our fellow supporters involved, those who are eligible to vote, so that when the voting booths open, it’s time to vote, we get people in from our communities who know our struggle,” said Ghonim.
These Dreamers say their fight for a Clean Dream Act will continue, until Congress gets something passed.