Just one week ago,Trump and his crony, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, came after immigrant youth and their loved ones by killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protects them from deportation. But immigrant youth weren’t having it. From school walkouts, to street blockages, to overnight occupations, to rallies, to confronting politicians and taking over the Trump hotel. Let’s take a look back at the resilience across the country. They are the fearless, bad ass freedom fighters we all aspire to be and they are all #HereToStay.
In Austin, TX the immigrant community and youth of color had a lot coming their way with the natural disaster of Harvey and political crisis. While the DACA news was imminent, they had to wrestle with the implementation of the racist “show me your papers” SB 4 law on September 1st. Immigrant youth donated items to those affected by Harvey and later that day, staged an overnight occupation in front of the Governor’s Mansion until sunrise to show the state that the fight to transform their home is grounded #WithLove4TX.
Across New Mexico, undocumented high school and college students got fired up and took to the streets. Students from over 15 schools in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and the border towns Las Cruces and Anthony walked out in protest — and it was awesome!
In Phoenix and Tucson, AZ immigrant youth, LGBTQ people of color, and allies rallied in front of ICE offices to show them that they were ready to protect one another. Educators participated as well, expressing their support for students who have DACA and who are now at risk.
In New York City, over 3,000 immigrant youth and people of color marched outside of Trump Tower, then continued in full with yet another march through Jackson Heights, Queens on September 5th. They also participated in the announcement of their state attorney general’s lawsuit to stop Trump’s termination of DACA.
And of course, in Washington, D.C., immigrant youth from across the country came together to Trump’s doorstep to tell him and Jeff Sessions that they are #HereToStay and not going anywhere! They shut down the streets at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Trump Hotel, and the Department of Homeland Security. Then — they came back to the Trump Hotel and shut. things. down!
In times of duress and crisis, it’s important to remember that we’re in this together. Know that our movement is one of resilience, transformation, hope, power, and community. We are #HereToStay!
Are you ready to keep fighting? YOU can join us in demanding a Dream Act, one that is free from increases to deportation agents! Demand protection for immigrant youth without enforcement NOW by making a phone call to a Member of Congress: http://weareheretostay.org/call/
Need some time to process and heal? Check out this community toolkit on mental wellness: https://unitedwedre.am/2gLkH19
Content contributors include Workers Defense Project, New Mexico Dream Team, Latinos United for Change in Arizona, Make the Road NY, NAKASEC, CASA, Center for Community Change/FIRM, Indivisible, and many more freedom fighters!