Nearly 1,000 protesters marched to the Mountain View Civic Center Plaza Sept. 5 after the Trump administration announced its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Established by Executive Order under President Barack Obama, DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain in the country.
Led by Together We Will Palo Alto/Mountain View, last week’s march included a vigil to support immigrants in the city and the county, according to organizer IdaRose Sylvester.
“There are these horrible things people say about immigrants, but they are the most patriotic supporters of the American dream,” she said.
Marchers met at Gateway Park at 8 p.m. and headed toward Civic Center Plaza. Sylvester said the line of participants stretched three to four blocks, and when the first set of marchers reached the plaza, some still hadn’t left the park.
Once protesters reached the plaza, Sylvester said an open microphone enabled them to voice their opinions.
“We had a speech by a woman who is a DACA mother, so her children are DACA recipients,” Sylvester said. “She gave a very moving speech about her experience in the U.S. and the hopes she has for her children living in the U.S.”
Sylvester said Together We Will plans to continue its work supporting immigrants and to encourage the U.S. Congress to take action on DACA.
“We’re not going to give up on the DREAMers,” she said, referring to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors act, which offered many of the same protections as DACA but failed to pass Congress. “We’re not just having a rally and moving on. … We will educate the community in what they can do to support DACA. We regularly talk to Rep. Anna Eshoo and we will continue to do so.”