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Santa Cruz protests against Trump's bold move to end DACA
The Trump Administration called for an end to immigration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), on September 5, 2017. Quick mobilization brought DACA supporters out to Santa Cruz to express their outrage over this shocking administrative move.
In a move that shocked Americans across the nation, President Trump ended the immigration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), on September 5, 2017. DACA, enacted during the Obama administration, provides a two-year period of relief for new immigrant arrivals, specifically immigrant youth, and protects them from the risk of deportation.
More than 800,000 people are at risk of being deported from the country now that DACA is being rescinded. This administrative move is a debilitating one- putting 800,000 dreamers lives’ at stake and potentially uprooting them and their families.
In light of this, several local community organizations, along with their respective members and supporters, rapidly banded together in various areas around the greater Santa Cruz and Monterey counties after Jeff Sessions’ announcement on Tuesday. There were four organized demonstrations held late afternoon in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas, and Monterey.
The Santa Cruz DACA solidarity protest brought out close to a hundred DACA supporters with homemade signs to the front of the clock tower on Pacific Avenue. Cheers would erupt from supporters upon seeing more people joining the demonstration. People were graciously welcomed and quickly ushered into the group as they neared the clock tower. Supporters drove from various locations, such as mother-daughter pair and Indivisible members, Carly and Mercedes - who drove down from San José - to stand in solidarity and voice their frustrations about the shocking administrative move. Nancy Abbey, sister of the late Edward Abbey (The Monkey Wrench Gang, Desert Solitaire), was also present at the scene.
Rebekah Leekley, one of the participants at the solidarity protest, voiced her outrage over Trump’s move. “Being here is a human right,” she says. “These are lives that are being messed with. It is unjust, it is un-American, and it has no place in society.”
Drivers at the intersection showed their support and the crowd continued to grow well into the day. Not a moment went by where encouraging honks from passing cars couldn’t be heard on Pacific Avenue on that day. Chants, like “Education, not Deportation!”, and open dialogue between supporters kept the DACA solidarity demonstration going well into the early evening hours.