by Charlie May · September 5, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement Tuesday calling for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy sparked protests across several major cities, including a massive student walkout in Denver.
At several schools in Denver students walked out of their classes to protest the decision from President Donald Trump’s administration, one that would leave roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants unprotected and subject to deportation.
“Students gathered at Barnum Park at West Sixth Avenue and Federal Boulevard before marching to the Tavoli Center on the Auraria campus,” Fox 31 reported. “Students from West High School gathered in Sunken Gardens Park and walked to Lincoln Park.”
Amazing. Denver students are walking out of class in protest of the Trump administration’s #DACA announcement. #DefendDREAMers
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) September 5, 2017
Denver students on their way to meet up with another school that’s walked out against #DACA repeal!
— Chris Smith (@Lilyachttty) September 5, 2017
Students at Denver schools collectively walk out to protest Trump administration’s rescinding of DACA https://t.co/SSQmVPKUUv pic.twitter.com/9SgytI0k8r
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2017
Elsewhere, DACA defenders poured onto the streets outside the White House and Trump Tower in New York City, yelling “shame!” according to the Washington Post. Others in D.C. marched outside the Justice Department and sat in the middle of an intersection.
“This president lied to the community. For many months, he said, ‘I love the Dreamers.’ He lied to us, we cannot trust him,” Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, an immigration advocacy organization, told the Post. “We are going to keep fighting, we are going to keep registering people to vote. We are going to win elections in Virginia this year. We are going to win the elections in 2018 and 2020.”
On 5th avenue in Manhattan, a group of roughly a dozen protestors blocked traffic and sat in the street in locked arms. Police threatened the activists with arrest if they did not voluntarily disperse, the Post says. Some reports suggest that an unknown number of protestors were indeed taken into custody.
“I’m taking this as motivation,” said Balem Orozco, 26, a DACA recipient who arrived in the U.S. when she was only seven. “If the President thinks this announcement is going to make us go away, it’s going to do the opposite.”
“Move Trump, Get Out of the Way,” reverberates at the defend #DACA protest in Washington DC! pic.twitter.com/Kuc2FrUJly
— Parth Vohra (@parthvohra622) September 5, 2017
Sessions Tuesday-morning announcement contained numerous falsehoods ranging from misleading statements about the program to disproven, white-supremacist myths about immigrants.
In it, the attorney general and the administration offered no concrete plan for brining to an end the Obama-era policy which allows some children who entered this country illegally to remain residents on limited terms. Instead, the administration has put the onus of organizing a post-DACA framework on Congress, a body that has, in sum, expressed very little interest in debating or enacting the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of residents.