M4RJ Marches to #DefendDACA

The March for Racial Justice stands in solidarity with and in defense of hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  recipients and their families. Years ago, undocumented youth organized powerful actions demanding a more humane immigration policy which provided short-term legal documentation for immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as minors. Their courageous and inspiring actions led to the passage of DACA in 2012, which has had a positive impact on the lives of many immigrants and their families. Since the enactment of DACA:

  • 95% of DACA recipients are employed or in school;

  • 63% got a better paying job;

  • 54% bought their first car;

  • 48% got a job with better working conditions; and

  • 12% bought their first home

At a time when Texans are fighting to survive the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the Trump Administration has instead focused on pushing an anti-immigrant agenda that would spend up to $10 billion on a US-Mexico border wall and strip DACA recipients of their documentation. While the Trump administration attacks immigrants and ignores a national crisis in Texas, DACA recipients like Alonso Guillén, a volunteer rescuer who recently died in Houston, have played a heroic role in rescue efforts in Texas. The attack on DACA is one example after another of our government venerating white supremacy and appealing to racism that dehumanizes and scapegoats vulnerable people like immigrants and their families.

The repeal of DACA is intentional terror and cruelty meant to criminalize and contain communities of color. The termination of DACA will further anti-immigrant legislation currently in congress, particularly the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act--a bill  co-sponsored by Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue that seeks to cut legal immigration to the United States by 50%. 

This is why we march.

Today and on September 30th, we will stand up for all those under threat from racist laws and practices. Our fight, unified and fueled by justice, solidarity, and love, has just begun. Like the Dreamers, we are #heretostay and demand rights and legal recognition of all immigrants.

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Andrea Ciannavei