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Here Are 11 Reasons People Protested For Immigrant Rights On May Day In Los Angeles

May Day has long been about fighting for workers rights around the world especially in the US where cities celebrate and advocate for workers rights. Los Angeles is one of the most notable May Day rallies in the country where people take to the streets to stand up for immigrant and political causes. The city’s population has a long history of advocating for immigrant rights. Here are some of the people that took to the streets in LA and why this day means so much to them.

Maggie Hernandez, 23 and Giselle  Orozco, 19

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“I’m an immigration paralegal so a lot of my clients are undocumented so I’m here to support them,” Hernandez told mitú. “I’m also a DACA recipient and also here for my parents who couldn’t be here today because they’re working.

Carolyn Gomez, 27

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“I’m out here today to stand in solidarity not only for human rights but for a better society,” Gomez told mitú. “I want to see a society where people are treated with respect and dignity regardless of class, age and social status.”

Gerardo Campos, 22

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“Supporting immigrant rights is a must in today’s political climate and is important for all of us acknowledge the people behind the scenes,” Campos told mitú. “Today is a holiday for all workers and I feel like I’m doing my part today fighting for that.”

Alejandra Pacheco, 25

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“I came here today to speak about immigrant rights and to advocate for reform in this country where so many aren’t given a fair chance to have their voice heard,” Pacheco told mitú. “It’s important to have May Day and it’s even more important that we are out here today celebrating it with all these people.”

Gloria Loriva, 63

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“I’m a socialist and I believe that we have to keep marching in the streets for our rights,” Loriva told mitú. “I’ve been an activist for many years, my mother is an immigrant but even if she wasn’t I’d still be out here in the streets marching on May Day.”

Rosie Alonso, 28

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“I came all the way from San Bernardino and I used to live in East Los Angeles so I’m here to speak on behalf of my community,” Alonso told mitú. “I want to protect it from gentrification and the displacement and deportation of so many people that live there including my parents who are both immigrants.”

Chantelle Garcia, 22

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“I always come every May Day all the way back to when I was in the fifth grade and it’s just important to be here and stand up for immigrant rights, ICE, and Donald Trump,” Garcia told mitú.

Irom Thockchom, 20

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“I’m a member of the Answer Coalition and we recognize that we are an anti-imperialism organization,” Thockchom told mitú. “Part of our mission is to support labor at home which is what this day is all about and I want to see equal rights for all working people.”

Jenny Chalappa, 22

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“I just wanted to be out here and be part of the change,” Chalappa told mitú. “I’m tired of sitting back and watch everything happen and today is honestly my first May Day. My whole family has always been working class and I just heard about May Day so why not come out support them and all workers.”

Gabriella Vaquerano, 23

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“I want change not only for me but for everyone else including families that are too afraid to stand up,” Vaquerano told mitú. “Now that street vending is legal our parents and communities don’t have to be scared to make a living, this is how they live and now we are starting to see some real changes that are going to benefit hard working immigrants.”

Oliver Villanos , 15

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“I’m here to protest for the rights of immigrants and for my family that couldn’t be here today,” Villanos told mitú. “I feel sad that some people are racist to others just because they feel they are not equal to them and I want that change in our country.”


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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Hundreds of thousands of young adults rely on the protection from deportation and work authorization to live with dignity and out of the shadows. Presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to make sure they stay protected.

Dreamers are looking to a Biden administration to finish what an Obama administration started.

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According to the official Biden campaign website, the presidential nominee will work with Congress to reinstate DACA protections and to create a pathway to citizenship. DACA was won by undocumented activists putting fear aside and publicly fought to change the minds of Americans and politicans.

“Undocumented ‘youth’ are no longer youth,” says Moises Serrano, DACA activist and the man profiled in the documentary “Forbidden.” “DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants have been living in fear and instability for decades now. We survived eight years under the Obama administration and four years under the Trump administration. Immigration reform was promised under the Obama-Biden platform; a promise that is still unfulfilled.”

He added: “We hope that President Biden puts an end to the instability in our lives once and for all, or we are ready to hold him accountable in the same way we held Obama accountable in our fight for Administrative Relief.”

Biden’s policy proposes protecting Dreamers and helping them advance in this country.

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Biden promises to reinstate DACA to protect Dreamers and will be looking into ways to protect their families. The policy put forth by a potential Biden administration is pivotal in giving those who are DACA recipients a chance to live without fear and with all of the rights as their fellow citizens.

“After living through a deep loss in 2016 after losing my second mother and only being granted access to be on her deathbed in Mexico through my ability to get advanced parole through DACA I learned that no loss would ever be greater than that,” said Cindy Nava, a DACA recipient, political operative and policy advocate. “However, November rolled around and another loss took place. One that impacted my life, that of my family and my community.”

DACA is a very important issue as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are on the line.

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People like Nava are hopeful that a Biden administration will bring that dignity back to the immigrant community. It is a community that is vibrant and has contributed vastly to American culture. A BIden administration would be a chance for Nava to see herself reflected in government.

“I am hopeful to see the daughter of immigrants, a woman of color, and a woman I can finally feel represented by be sworn in as the first woman VP of this country,” Nava says. “I will look forward to an administration that listens to the communities it intends to represent. An administration that empowers the entire country to work with each other to support, strengthen, respect and uplift each other each and every day. An administration that values and is grateful for the contributions that immigrants bring to the foundation of our country each and every day.”

Nava wants to see an immigration reform that puts immigrant humanity at the forefront. One that understands the needs for people to seek refuge and a better life in a foreign country.

“No immigrant seeks to find a fix on a silver platter. Nor do they believe that this will be an easy task,” Nava says. “The only thing our families ask for is a chance. Una oportunidad para recordarle a este pais that their lucha and determination comes from a deep sense of ganas to create a life filled with more opportunities than they ever had.”

The battle over DACA is far from over but it is clear that the Trump administration is on the wrong side of public opinion. Biden’s plan would strengthen DACA and restore the program to its full functionality.

READ: Trump Administration Limit DACA Renewals, Blocks New Applications

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President Trump Falsely Claimed That Covid Is To Blame For Ending DACA

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President Trump Falsely Claimed That Covid Is To Blame For Ending DACA

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In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on behalf of the Trump administration. Since then hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients have lived in uncertainty. President Donald Trump tried to rewrite history at his town hall event Oct. 15.

President Donald Trump blamed the end of DACA on Covid during his town hall.

The truth is that President Trump’s administration attempted to end DACA in 2017. Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was the attorney general at the time and made the announcement in a press conference. Since then, the Trump administration has continued to advance a lawsuit to terminate the program. DACA allows for hundreds of thousands of adults to work and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

Long before Covid, the Trump administration was told to resume DACA as intended.

Instead, the Trump administration has violated federal orders and continued to restrict DACA and those who can apply. The Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against DACA meaning that the lower court’s ruling stood. The ruling was that the Trump administration had to reinstate the program in full. However, the Supreme Court did not dismiss the case allowing for the administration to come back.

President Trump also claimed that DACA recipients and Dreamers are not that same.

Another falsehood by the president at the town hall. DACA recipients are indeed Dreamers. The term Dreamers does apply to DACA recipients who would benefit from the DREAM Act. The legislation would legally enshrine the protections of DACA and was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in 2001. Over the course of 19 years, the piece of legislation has not moved despite the overwhelming support from the American public.

People watching the town hall were quick to call out President Trump.

People are not letting President Trump get away with trying to rewrite history about DACA. His administration is the one trying to strip DACA recipients of their protections. At one point, President Trump tried using DACA recipients as political pawns in an attempt to secure funding for his border wall.

Voters are calling on other voters to help protect the program in November.

The two nominees have very different DACA plans. President Trump has and will continue to try to take away the protections from DACA recipients. Former Vice President Joe Biden has a plan to offer citizenship to DACA recipients, something American voters support. DACA is a wildly popular program that gives some of the most vulnerable people in our society a chance to live a normal life.

READ: The Trump Administration Has Officially Rescinded DACA. Here’s What You Need To Know.

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