Nov 11, 2019
Undeterred by President Donald Trump's latest racist attack Tuesday morning on immigrants and their rights, hundreds of DACA recipients and allies gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court to support the plaintiffs in a case challenging a White House attempt to rescind protections protections for undocumented residents who arrived in the country as children.
Immigrant rights groups including United We Dream and Make the Road led demonstrators to the steps of the court shortly after Trump tweeted that recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are undeserving of protection from deportation because program participants are "far from angels" and are in fact "very tough, hardened criminals."
\u201cMany of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from \u201cangels.\u201d Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1573559128
Under the program, the country's nearly 700,000 DACA recipients are able to obtain work permits, attend college, and receive protection from deportation. A clean criminal record is a prerequisite for qualifying for the program, as immigrant rights advocates pointed out in response to the president.
"It is patently false that DACA recipients are 'hardened criminals,'" tweeted ShareBlue reporter Emily Singer. "Trump is just a frothing-at-the-mouth racist."
\u201cIt is patently false that DACA recipients are "hardened criminals." Having a clean legal record is a requirement for DACA. Trump is just a frothing at the mouth racist.\u201d— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer) 1573566671
"If we were such 'hardened criminals,' we would not get DACA in the first place," added Erika Andiola, advocacy chief for the immigrants' legal aid group RAICES and a DACA recipient herself.
However, Andiola added, "We are in fact very tough. I mean, we have to put up with you."
\u201cFirst of all, your administration takes our fingerprints every time we renew DACA. So far I\u2019ve done this 4 times at @USCIS, so if we were such \u201chardened criminals\u201d, we would not get DACA in the first place. Secondly, we are in fact very tough. I mean, we have to put up with you.\u201d— Erika Andiola (@Erika Andiola) 1573570730
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) offered her support to the hundreds who demonstrated outside the Supreme Court in the rain and also pushed backed against Trump's latest attack.
"This is false, divisive, fear-mongering to distract us from the cruelty of Trump's attempts to end DACA," Jayapal tweeted. "DACA recipients help make this country the best it can be. Their stories and passion for our nation, in the face of great hostility, exemplify the American Dream."
Hundreds of young undocumented immigrants marched from New York to Washington, D.C. ahead of the Supreme Court case. On Tuesday they marched through the nation's capital city to the court, chanting "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!"
\u201cHundreds of immigrant youth & families marched for 230 miles from NYC to DC to remind the country that #HomeIsHere. Today they march to the Supreme Court for a hearing on DACA. They join the long line of freedom fighters bringing the country of our dreams into existence. \u270a\ud83c\udffd\u2764\ufe0f\u201d— Ana Maria Archila\ud83e\udd8b\ud83d\udc3a (@Ana Maria Archila\ud83e\udd8b\ud83d\udc3a) 1573568573
\u201cUNDOCUMENTED AND UNAFRAID!!!\n\nThis fight is for more than #DACA, this is for our entire community. Immigrants are #HereToStay! #HomeIsHere\u201d— United We Dream (@United We Dream) 1573575818
\u201c\u203c\ufe0f HAPPENING NOW \u203c\ufe0f Organizers, immigrant leaders, and allies just arrived at the Supreme Court of the United States in support of #DACA recipients and our immigrant community. #HomeIsHere #HereToStay\u201d— United We Dream (@United We Dream) 1573569700
Using the viral hashtag #HomeIsHere, United We Dream posted a video featuring the plaintiffs who sued the Trump administration for moving to rescind DACA protections in 2017.
"Home is where we love and learn. It's where we stumble and grow, and it is where we stand up for what is right," the DACA recipients in the video said.
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