DACA back­ers march through Hub, de­mand pol­icy re­in­stated

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By JOR­DAN GRA­HAM

Hun­dreds of im­mi­grants and ac­tivists marched through Bos­ton yes­ter­day to de­mand the re­in­state­ment of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child Ar­rivals — an Obama-era pol­icy that pro­tects un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants who were brought to the U.S. as chil­dren — and stress that they won’t rest un­til it’s done.

“We want to send a clear mes­sage to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where these de­ci­sions are com­ing out of that this isn’t ac­cept­able, that peo­ple are go­ing to be or­ga­nized around say­ing, ‘no,’ ” said Matt An­drews, of the Bos­ton May Day Coali­tion, which helped or­ga­nize yes­ter­day’s rally.

“We can’t rely on politi­cians to ne­go­ti­ate on our be­half,” he said. “We feel like the pres­sure needs to come from be­low to re­ally se­cure our fu­tures.”

U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions an­nounced ear­lier this month that the White House would end DACA in six months, putting the onus on Congress to pass a law that would pro­tect the roughly 800,000 im­mi­grants who are cur­rently pro­tected by the pol­icy.

Last week, Pres­i­dent Trump and Demo­cratic lead­ers Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said they dis­cussed a deal that would pre­serve DACA in ex­change for in­creased bor­der se­cu­rity mea­sures. Bay State U.S. Sens. El­iz­a­beth War­ren and Ed­ward J. Markey both said they would sup­port that deal.

“The DACA re­peal is not just some­thing that af­fects our youth like my­self, it af­fects our fam­ily, it af­fects our friends and it af­fects our com­mu­nity,” said Cata San­ti­ago, a DACA re­cip­i­ent who came with her fam­ily from Mex­ico when she was 5. “I am out­raged and I am also un­afraid. This is a mo­ment to take ac­tion.”

STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS CHRISTO

‘OUT­RAGED’: Peo­ple dressed as faceless witches show their sup­port for im­mi­grants at the DACA rally on the Com­mon.

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