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Here’s Why People In Los Angeles Came Out In Support Of Reuniting Families

Since President Trump implemented his “zero tolerance” policy back in April, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S border. An executive order was signed Wednesday to end family separations at the border yet many questions remain. There are still thousands of separated families with no signs of when many will or ever be reunited. As public backlash has increased, people in Los Angeles hosted a Keep Families Together rally where they spoke up about the Trump administration’s policy and the importance of reuniting families. Here is why they came out to rally on behalf of separated immigrants across the country.

Sofia Aguilar, 18

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“I strongly believe that we shouldn’t have border rules that result in the separation of families,” Aguilar said. “It’s not right and it’s not American, that’s why I brought my mom out here today with me who is an immigrant.”

Leidy Valencia, 31

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“I’m out here today to protest the inhumane things happening to immigrants at our borders,” Valencia said. “I wanna go to the border myself and protest there but this is what I can do today and that’s why I’m here standing proud.”

Alison Brega, 60

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“I want to represent the baby boomers and show that we are a nation of immigrants,” Brega said. “Diversity is important and is a fabric of our story, that’s why we need to bring awareness to this issue.”

Jessica Nevarez, 26

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“I think that the injustice that is happening in our country right now is atrocious and unconscionable,” Nevarez said. “The fact that Donald Trump signed that executive order does nothing to protect families and still keeps thousands of people away from each other. No human being is illegal and we, as a country, need to abolish these policies.”

Alice Whetherland, 37

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“I’m out here today because this issue is too important to wait for someone else to start a movement. We need to be out here in these streets and make our voices heard for all these families that don’t have a voice right now.” Whetherland said.

Emily Prado, 27

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“I think what we’re doing at the border is horrendous and it’s been a problem that I can’t ignore,” Prado said. “This latest policy is cruel and goes against what this country stands for and we need to speak up against this policy in any way we can.”

Hector Gomez, 49

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“I’m angry for so many reasons right now. I don’t recognize this country right now and I feel so much emotion today,” Gomez said. “Donald Trump doesn’t know what the hell he is doing and the damage he has done to the country that I love so much. We need to speak up and make our voices heard or else this country that we love will never be the same.”

Blair Imani, 24

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“I’m from Los Angeles and I just got back from Kenya. I saw what was happening in the news and as an activist I felt really compelled to organize this protest today.” Imani said. “There is no such thing as an illegal human being and America right now is in a moral crisis. We have been perpetuating human right atrocities since we were founded but enough is enough.”

Matt Brega, 62

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“I think its obscene what our government is doing. The people that are crossing the border just want a better life and are just trying to escape violence,” Brega said. “They are being greeted with separation of their families and even more turmoil. It’s horrific that we don’t even know where many of these children are and we need answers more than ever.”


READ: Trump Administration Claims Babies Separated From Families Are Being Held In ‘Tender Age’ Shelters

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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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