Luz Gonzales, Dreamer- Originally from La Paz, Bolivia. Came to the US with her family at the age of three. Ana Paula Velasco, DACA Supporter- Family is from Mexico and Trinidad.
Several advocacy groups in D.C. and the surrounding areas are assisting undocumented immigrants with the renewal of their work permits and legal status, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. The Trump administration announced plans to end DACA Sept. 5. President Trump has given Congress six months to decide the fate of more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants.
American University president Sylvia Burwell reiterated her support of undocumented students on the day U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump planned to rescind the Obama administration’s executive order that established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program five years ago.
After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Rodrigo Velasquez, and other members of Mason DREAMers worked through the night, going without sleep, to plan what was next. “We can’t just leave people in isolation,” Velasquez, a formerly undocumented immigrant, remembered thinking.
Constitution Avenue raved in a sea of color and festive music as thousands of Hispanics representing seven Latin American countries came together to kick off National Hispanic Heritage month.
More than 60 percent of DACA recipients have been able to earn more money because of their DACA status to help family members financially, according to one national survey.
President Trump’s string of tweets after his DACA announcement on Sept. 5 suggests that no immediate action will be taken against the nearly 790,000 DREAMers working in the US. But the decision won’t delay plans to build a wall along the Mexico-US border, according to Trump’s tweets.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program will end in six months unless Congress takes legislative action.
When Claudette Monroy uprooted her life to move to the United States, she was excited. For other fifteen-year-olds, the concept of leaving behind friends, school and home can be daunting. Not only did she have to leave behind the only home she’d ever known, but she also faced a four-day-long car ride from Terreón in northern Mexico to Fairfax, Va.