Day of Action to #DefendDACA
By Michelle Villegas, OFA Regional Organizing Manager
Yesterday’s day of action was an amazing show of mobilization, organizing and solidarity with DREAMers. OFA volunteers hosted and attended 19 events across the country: office visits, rallies, and town halls to ask legislators to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and stop rubber-stamping this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Check out some highlights:
Aurora, CO: OFA-Colorado hosted a Defend DACA rally outside Rep. Coffman’s office, and they were joined by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, the League of Women Voters, and supporters from the local Indivisible chapter. A teacher from Boulder spoke about her experience teaching DREAMers over the years. Another woman — who is a DACA recipient — came to express her fears that she could be separated from her children if the program is abruptly ended.
Tucson, AZ: OFA-Arizona held a news conference on Tuesday where Rep. Raul Grijalva spoke about efforts in Congress to pass legislation to permanently protect DREAMers. “We talk about providing security for members of our community,” he said. “That includes immigrant families, that includes DACA.”
Reno, NV: OFA-Nevada hosted over 80 people at a rally to Defend DACA. They visited Senator Dean Heller’s office to deliver postcards urging congressional leaders to take swift action to protect young immigrants. Without a more robust law on the books, this administration could end DACA at any moment, putting hundreds of thousands of young people at risk of deportation.
Cincinnati & Painesville, OH: Organizers across the state of Ohio stood up yesterday. The team in Cincinnati — alongside the Cincinnati Faith and Justice Coalition — rallied in front of Senator Portman’s office to share their personal stories and demonstrate their support for DACA. Meanwhile, our Northeast Ohio contingent visited Rep. Joyce’s office in Painesville to protest the dramatic increase in deportations of noncriminal, undocumented immigrants in their district over the last 8 months. In both cities, teachers, faith leaders, students, and everyday Americans showed up and spoke out against harmful policies that tear families apart.
To every organizer across the country who participated in yesterday’s day of action: Thank you. Thank you for all the work you have done to defend DACA and stand up for undocumented youth across the nation. It is deeply inspiring to see so many people around the country supporting DREAMers in this important time. But our work is not over — the fight to defend DACA did not end this week. This administration is under pressure to end the program by September 5th, so we need to continue calling our legislators to ask for protections for DREAMers and their families.
Keep organizing, keep speaking up, and keep making phone calls!
Originally published at www.ofa.us.