New Yorkers join DC rally as Supreme Court weighs DACA

A sign at the DC rally supporting DACA. (Photo by Tequila Minsky)
A sign at the DC rally. (Photo by Tequila Minsky)

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds traveled from around the country to rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, yesterday.

Seven hundred people traveled from New York State —13 buses full of people from Buffalo to Long Island— with the New York Immigration Coalition to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether to nix the program, which would affect the future of over 700,000 young people.

With the Capital Building as a backdrop, hundreds of New Yorkers from Buffalo to Long Island, who traveled by bus with the New York Immigration Coalition, rallied with hundreds of others outside of the Supreme Court as the future of DACA was presented. (Photo by Tequila Minsky)

DACA is an American immigration policy allowing some undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit, driver license and attend college in the U.S. It was announced by executive memorandum by President Obama in 2012. President Trump wants to end the program.

There are 42,000 recipients in New York State.

To be eligible, applicants must have arrived in the U.S. before age 16, and were no older than 30. They must have lived in the country for the previous five years, were in school or a veteran, and had committed no serious crimes. The application, which costs $500 and must be reapplied for every two years and does not provide a path to citizenship.

(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
Actor Bambadjan Bamba (“Black Panther”) speaks out as undocumented—his family fled violence in Ivory Coast. (Photo by Tequila Minsky)
(Photo by Tequila Minsky)
(Photo by Tequila Minsky)

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