Undocumented Asian immigrants gathered outside the White House to protest the Trump administration’s decision to roll back the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which enabled hundreds of thousands of children whose parents arrived in the U.S. illegally to achieve higher education and the ability to have a job.
Trump said that he would treat these children known as DREAMers “with heart,” but he remains poised to repeal the deportation relief program. Now, Asian illegals are holding 24-hour vigils outside the White House to convince the President to change his mind.
The group started the vigils on August 15 and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. Asian Americans Advancing Justice, New York Immigration Coalition, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium are urging the president to treat their members “with heart.”
Asians Begging Trump Not to End the Program
Protesters have been taking turns, chanting slogans, and holding signs. They are even informing tourists visiting Lafayette Park on their cause. Many of them have their own “undocu-stories” which they are eager to share.
Many of these immigrants are concerned that the DACA might get canceled and they will be sent home. A protester holding a “No human being is illegal” sign noted that for some of them, the program is a lifeline. Many of them have jobs in the U.S., and some of them are pursuing higher education.
These Asian immigrants are imploring Trump to keep the program in place and let them follow their dreams. One protester noted that without DACA, she wouldn’t be able to make a living. Due to a legal complication, she is the only undocumented immigrant in her family.
For immigrants that were brought to the U.S. on student visas but weren’t able to achieve legal status, the end of the program could mean they will no longer be able to support their families. The DACA “changed the lives of millions,” a DACA recipient said.
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