Activists defending the Deferred Action for Arrivals in Childhood (DACA) program began marches in Sacramento and other major cities in California on Monday in anticipation of the Supreme Court hearing on this issue on November 12.
“Relay for DACA,” a series of activities organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), with support from other local organizations, seeks to “bring the fight to protect DACA to every region of California,” the organization said.
The first of the marches – there will be several activities over six days – took place today in Sacramento, where dozens of young people traveled nearly six miles with banners and slogans in favor of continuing to protect those known as “dreamers.
“Today I’m marching for DACA and I’m excited to raise awareness in Sacramento about this protection,” said university student Hector Pimentel.
Another march is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in San Jose, in the Bay Area, where participants will walk from the San Jose State University campus to the city hall.
In California’s Central Valley, on Wednesday, November 6, the youth will ask for DACA to continue during a march in the city of Bakersfield.
The DACA program was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and annulled by current U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017.
Next Thursday, undocumented youth activists and advocates will take another walk in San Bernardino County and Friday in Santa Ana, Orange County.
Activists will also participate in a demonstration near the Los Angeles airport on Saturday, November 9.
On Tuesday, November 12, strikes and marches by high school and college students are planned in this important city that will close with an afternoon concert at MacArthur Park.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the future of the “dreamers,” the nearly 700,000 undocumented youth covered by DACA, by agreeing to examine their case at its session, which began in October.
Trump decided to eliminate DACA in September 2017, but four months later a federal judge in California ordered that it be maintained and that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continue to accept renewals.