Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will dismantle the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has provided a temporary shield from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as young children.
Despite now being at greater risk for deportation, DACA recipients from around the country have taken to social media — and to the streets — to speak out against the controversial move.
— tonini (@Toni_Ni23) September 5, 2017
— Miguel Ruiz (@sodasterico) September 5, 2017
I am a DACA recipient, this is my life on the line. I know nothing else but Texas. I have nothing else anywhere. #DefendDACA
— Luis (@relixs_) September 4, 2017
— Vincent van Sam (@SenseOmSamy) September 5, 2017
I am a Dreamer. I am a DACA recipient. I will continue to fight until I no longer can. I will fight for my people. My family. #DefendDACA
— Dinora (@Dinoraorozco15) September 5, 2017
— AyythatGoReality (@AyThatGoReality) September 5, 2017
He is not going to destroy my dreams, we will fight for them under whatever the circumstance is, I am proud to say I am a DACA recipient!
— Jose R (@joserobles321) September 5, 2017
All I want is to be part of this country, I am a #DACA recipient, my heart hurts right now. I love this country as much as I love my roots
— UBCR (@_UBCR) September 5, 2017
“The thought that you would be STRIPPED of your DACA status is not just traumatizing, it’s dehumanizing and exhausting,” undocumented activist and DACA recipient Juan Escalante wrote in a thread of tweets explaining “what it feels like to be a dreamer at this particular point in time.”
Beyond social media, the decision also prompted several protests around the country, including outside the White House, Trump Tower in New York and ICE offices in Phoenix.
— LUCHA (@LUCHA_AZ) September 5, 2017
The scene a block from Trump Tower in New York, where protesters are blocking traffic following the DACA decision pic.twitter.com/4359JeQ7En
— Cora Lewis (@cora) September 5, 2017
March in protest of DACA decision starting at White House. They plan to go to Trump Hotel, Justice Department, ICE HQ. pic.twitter.com/HzYdF9Ujtt
— Tom Roussey (@tomrousseyABC7) September 5, 2017
️It is our duty to fight for freedom!
️It is our duty to win!
— Nestor E. Ruiz (@_NestorRuiz) September 5, 2017
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