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Thousands march in Milwaukee for DACA, demand ‘Legalization for all’

By staff |
September 8, 2017
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Milwaukee march against Trump's attack on DACA.
Milwaukee march against Trump's attack on DACA. (Photo Credit: Joe Brewsky

Milwaukee, WI — Thousands gathered in Milwaukee, Sept. 7, to protest Donald Trump's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On Sept. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA would be rescinded.

New DACA applications will no longer be accepted after Sept. 5. However, current DACA recipients are able to submit a renewal of their DACA by Oct. 5, 2017 only if it expires before March 5, 2018. DACA recipients are now faced with counting down the days for their DACA to expire. Without DACA, they will once again face the threat of deportation and will no longer be able to legally work.

The announcement sparked nationwide outrage and many pro-DACA actions. The action in Milwaukee was called by the Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC). The action started with a rally and was followed by a march on Milwaukee's Southside.

The rally featured community speakers sharing their testimonies on how DACA changed their lives. One speaker, Juan Rodriguez, said that all people have the right to "live, work and to be treated humanely."

YPRC recognized that DACA gave many young people hope and opportunity, but it was not enough. DACA did not provide a pathway to citizenship or relief from deportation for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. The action ended with a call to action by YPRC demanding legalization for all undocumented immigrants.