Undocumented Trans Community Puts Pressure on SCOTUS
Chants of “Si! Se puede!” shook the streets outside SCOTUS on Monday morning.
Thousands of families and activists rallied on the Supreme Court steps in support of President Obama’s immigration executive action.
One of the guest speakers at the rally, Catalina Velasquez, is a 28-year-old transgender woman who immigrated to the United States from Colombia with her family. She is currently the Director of Young People For, a program of People For the American Way.
Velasquez talked to GVH Live to put things into perspective.
“11.2 million undocumented immigrants is comparable to the population size of Cuba,” she said. “There is no one of us, there is no hundred of us. There are millions of us. This requires an intersectional lens, whether it is addressing the 400,000 undocumented Black immigrants or understanding that immigration is not a Latino issue but it is a world issue- a human rights crisis.”
A 2015 Center for American Progress study shows that if both DAPA and DACA were to be implemented, the U.S. economy would grow by $230 billion over the next 10 years.
Of course, with only eight justices presiding over the case, immigration reform gridlock is likely to ensue, sending the case back to the Texas court that blocked it last year.
While the court may be divided, the activists who flooded the nation’s capital and 20 other cities across the nation, will not.
Originally published at www.gvhlive.com.