Protests In D.C., Denver, LA, Elsewhere Protest Rescinding DACA
By Scott Neuman
Juliana Torres, 16, left, and Micaela Lattimer, 16, both of Baltimore, rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, outside the White House, in Washington, on Tuesday.
President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era policy deferring action against children of undocumented immigrants is drawing scattered protests around the country.
Hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the widely anticipated announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the White House. They shouted “We are America” and “We want education. Down with deportation.”
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 5, 2017
The marchers then proceeded to the Department of Justice, where the announcement was made, and to the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave., where they staged a sit-in.
In announcing the policy change, Sessions called DACA an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” The president issued a statement saying: “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”
Outside Trump Tower in New York, where some 400 protesters briefly blocked a stretch of Fifth Ave., police handcuffed and removed about 30 people.
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) September 5, 2017
In Denver, hundreds of students at multiple schools walked out of classes to protest the move shortly after the announcement. KUSA reports that many of them carried messages that read “Defend DACA” and “Our Dreams Can’t Wait.”
INSPIRING SUPPORT FOR DREAMERS! ✊
— The Hummingbird (@SaysHummingbird) September 5, 2017
Other DACA rallies were planned for Colorado Springs, Boulder, Longmont and Glenwood Springs, KUSA reports.
The Associated Press says teachers and students also demonstrated near Metro State University against the policy change.
DACA supporters in Phoenix protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office shortly after the announcement that DACA would end in six months, barring action by Congress.
There were also protests in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Phoenix and in Miami, where young immigrants from Honduras, Mexico and Colombia are expressing shock and sadness, the AP says.
In Los Angeles, marchers gathering in various parts of the city.