BERKELEY (KRON) — Protests were planned in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Jose in reaction to the announcement that President Trump will nix the DACA or “Dreamers” immigration program.
KRON4 has reporters all around the Bay Area Tuesday.
KRON4’s Lydia Pantazes was in the Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus. This is one of the locations expected to be filled with protesters at around 5:00 p.m.
And Rob Fladeboe is in San Jose and Spencer Blake is in San Francisco.
KRON4 spoke with one documented mother who has two children benefiting from the DACA program.
“Personally, I felt sad with courage, but also with a lot of desire to keep fighting,” Violeta Roman said through a translator. “As a person of faith, I had a lot of faith, knowing that something better is coming for our youth.”
The rally is being organized by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, also known as “BAMN.”
The Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program grants work permits for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
Congress will be given six months to come up with a fix for the program before it is officially terminated.
The program was introduced by President Obama in 2012 has protected about 800,000 young adults from deportation.
Here is reaction from San Jose Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D):
President Trump’s announcement to end DACA is reckless and a disgrace to American values. California has not, and will not, stand idly by while this Administration attacks our immigrant communities. President Trump’s inhumane action punishes members of our community who came here as children, many as infants, who have grown up here, and have come to know and love this country as the only home they have ever known.
They are the embodiment of the American dream.
I will continue to work closely with my colleagues to protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to unfairly deport and separate families. We must unite to support legislation that fights back against the current administration’s efforts to undo decades of humane immigration policies, such as SB 54 by Senator Kevin de León to prohibit state and local law enforcement officials from enforcing federal immigration law and AB 21, a bill I am authoring to ensure that all students, regardless of their immigration
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez of San Jose said this:
“Today’s announcement was no shock. We knew this was coming because we cannot expect more from a President who has called immigrants criminals and rapists, campaigned on building a wall, and attempted to ban Muslims from our Country within his first few days in office. We have been hit hard with this sad news, but we will keep organizing and continue the fight for comprehensive immigration reforms. Let us not forget that DACA youth are a force to be reckoned with. They have led their fight for justice and equality with fearlessness and resilience. I urge our elected officials in Congress to act immediately to protect all DACA recipients. I want every DACA youth in San Jose to know that we stand beside you, we will fight with you, and we will do whatever we can to protect you.”
And Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) had this statement:
“Ending the DACA program is an incredibly cruel act that gambles with 800,000 innocent lives. It creates a humanitarian crisis. Dreamers know no other country as their own. Their lives are the story of what makes America great. Brought here as child immigrants by their parents, most have found a better life. By ending DACA, the President is reneging on a promise to provide a path to citizenship for these young people who deserve to live without fear of deportation. California has more dreamers than any state and they need our protection and support until Congress passes comprehensive and fair immigration reform. Their achievements and character define them, not their immigration status.”
Here is how California State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) responded:
“The Trump administration’s decision to end DACA is heartless, plain and simple. Congress has six months to get this right and enact a law to protect Dreamers, who are here through no fault of their own, brought by their undocumented parents.
“These children have grown up here, gone to school, played on their Little League teams, gone to their proms, earned their first paychecks: basically, they’ve lived the American dream. To think we would abandon these young Americans and tear them from their roots and send them to a foreign country they don’t know is the height of cruelty that I cannot imagine.
“We will be there every step of the way to stand up for these young men and women who are as American as our sons and daughters.”
Fellow California State Sen. Mike McGuire said this:
“The young people who are at the heart of President Trump’s decision today have done nothing wrong. In many cases, America is the only home they have ever known and it is the country that they love. Dreamers are serving in our military and rescuing flood victims in Houston. They are small business owners and make California one of the most successful states in America. Diversity is who we are in California. It’s what makes this state strong and our economy thrive. That is why California will stand with the 200,000 young people who are Dreamers in the Golden State and defend their rights and fight this cruel decision by our President in the halls of our capitol to the streets of our communities and in the court of law.” – Senator Mike McGuire
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said this:
“President Trump has turned his back on hundreds of thousands of children and young Americans who came forward and put their trust in our government. But in terminating DACA, the Trump Administration has also violated the Constitution and federal law,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This Administration has chosen to ignore what American voters have said they think is right. Nearly 80 percent of voters want to protect the legal status of Dreamers. Ending the program is devastating not just for recipients, but for our economy. California businesses would lose more than a billion dollars in turnover costs. Attorney General Sessions claims this decision is full of ‘compassion,’ but real compassion would be treating Dreamers ‘with heart,’ as President Trump himself said. California is taking action because one in four DACA grantees live in our great state. I will do everything I can to fight for them.”
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