LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A coalition of civil rights groups held a weeklong series of local events in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which may be threatened with extinction under President Donald Trump.
Organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the California Dream Network (CDN), in collaboration with young undocumented immigrants, their families and supporters, “Rise Up 4 DACA” will take place through Friday, Sept. 1. Events were held each day in a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles County.
Introduced by former President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA allows people who were brought into the United States illegally as children to work and study in the country without fear of being deported. NBC News, citing several unnamed government officials, reported that President Trump appears likely to end the program soon.
The organization dropped a large banner at the Los Angeles Street overpass on the 101 Freeway and held a phone marathon to the White House to save DACA. Throughout the week they’ve also meet with various legislators. Community members took the bus from Los Angeles to Sacramento in support of DACA and SB638, the anti-fraud immigration consultant bill. A large rally is scheduled for Sept. 1 at the Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.