Arizona Rep. Isela Blanc Arrested In DC DACA Protest

Glen Norman
March 7, 2018

Monday was supposed to be the end date of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after President Donald Trump gave Congress in September a six-month window to come up with a legislative fix.

The beating of Korean drums drowned out chants of "Yes, we can!"

"No more deportations!" the crowd called back.

President Trump also blamed Democrats in Congress in an earlier tweet posted Tuesday morning for the failure to have DACA legislation come to his desk. Still, DREAMers remain anxious.

"Thousands of DACA recipients have already lost the assurance that they will wake up in their beds and not in an immigrant detention cell, and every day that passes this manufactured humanitarian crisis hurts more and more of us". "I don't really believe the news anymore because I don't want to get my hopes up. I felt so overwhelmed". "I'm willing to do whatever I can".

Blanc, who was once undocumented herself, said she had "a moral obligation" to be at the march.

Solorzano remembers when her mother finally told her she was undocumented. "For our Dreamers, know the deadlines such as today are forever tattooed in my heart, because they represent yet another symbol of lack of proper advocacy and support by those in power for the Latino community which I love". Her father works for a landscaping business and her mother is a house cleaner. "I think this protest in particular is trying to highlight the fact that it's not just DACA recipients that are trying to fight for their civil rights, but also undocumented immigrants of all backgrounds". "My sister is going to be a lawyer". Only the president and Congress can.

O'Barr said although CAPS does its best to help students in-house, sometimes it has to refer them to outside professionals, either because their case requires more attention, or they ran out of brief therapy sessions.

In a significant victory for Dreamers, a San Francisco judge in January blocked the Trump administration's rescinding of DACA, ordering the administration to resume accepting DACA applications as the underlying case continues in federal court. And the Supreme Court declined the administration's unusual request to leapfrog the appellate courts and consider immediately whether to overrule those decisions.

Dream Action Oklahoma, a volunteer-based advocacy group, organized Monday's rally.

Both found the decision to end DACA was likely "arbitrary and capricious" and ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the statute that governs how federal agencies implement policy. That deadline has now been pushed back by the Supreme Court, but Dreamers in Chicago are demanding the president and Congress take action.

Judge Titus ends his opinion with an unguarded political proclamation.

Kevin, a DACA recipient and worldwide relations and global studies sophomore, said he feels like the federal government keeps getting distracted by other issues.

"It's estimated there are almost 3,400 young people in Nebraska who are part of the DACA program, known as 'Dreamers". "It's been a real roller coaster".

"This deadline has been in place for months now and nothing has happened".

"It's a reality", she said. Students and faculty members then marched through the Arbor walkway to Cheadle Hall, where they briefly walked inside before gathering outside of the building.

Maria wants people to educate themselves about DACA and its people.

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