Chicago Residents to Learn, Mobilize in Support of DACA Recipients as Trump’s March 5th Deadline Looms

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Advocates for a permanent fix to the terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are frustrated by attempts to use Dreamers as “bargaining chips” to pass provisions targetting other immigrant groups. (Photo: Annette Bernhardt/Flickr/cc)

Grassroots Organizing Grows Support for DREAM Act

CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—February 2, 2018

By: Angelica Magaña

Local residents concerned about the rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients will gather this Saturday to learn more about how they can support their friends, family, and neighbors. A panel discussion lead by diverse group of DACA recipients will take place on Saturday, February 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Amundsen High School, 5510 North Damen in Chicago.

Panelists include:

  • Gissel Escobedo – Kindergarten Teacher
  • Chirayu Patel – Real Estate Project Manager
  • Adnan Hassan Ali – Small Business Owner
  • Maria Torres – Community Organizer

DACA recipients face deportation while Congress and the White House fight over potential ways to meet an arbitrary deadline set by President Trump. On September 5, 2017, Trump set a six month deadline for Congress to pass a DREAM Act or have all 800,000 undocumented Americans protected under DACA face deportation. DACA recipients and supportive neighbors are not going to allow that deadline to pass without a fight and are gathering at Amundsen High School to discuss actions they will take to fight back and support those living under fear of deportation.

Indivisible Chicago is partnering with Protection for All to organize this community this February 3rd  meeting. These activist groups know that DACA recipients are our teachers, friends, and neighbors. DACA recipients run our local businesses and serve in our communities. To put it simply, DACA recipients are Americans. If a DREAM Act does not pass, families will be torn apart, jobs will be lost, and communities will be wounded. Saturday’s event features expert panelists and will focus on ideas and actions that grassroots supporters can take to help protect both directly-impacted folks and the fundamental immigration principles that make this country who and what we are.

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“We may not have been born in the US, but the US was born in us.” – Angelica Magaña, Immigrant Rights Advocate, Protection For All

Source: Protection for All