Nationwide Protests Hit the Streets After Trump Decision to End Dreamer Protections

Dreamers will pressure Congress to pass legislation that gives them legal status in the United States.

Protesters marched from the White House to Trump International Hotel on September 5 in support of Dreamers affected by President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA.Noah Lanard/Mother Jones

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.

Across the country, undocumented immigrants and their allies are taking to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out protections from deportation for nearly 800,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers.

Under the terms set by the Trump administration on Tuesday, Congress has six months to pass legislation before Dreamers begin to lose their protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama in 2012. After Dreamers’ DACA permits expire, they will become subject to possible detention and deportation.

In Washington, DC, hundreds of people marched from the White House to Trump International Hotel, chanting “Yes We Can,” “Move Trump; get out the way,” and “We are the immigrants, the mighty, mighty immigrants.”

In New York, a dozen protesters were arrested for staging a sit-in outside Trump Tower.

https://twitter.com/cora/status/905123668891762688

 

Credit: ABC 7 New York

In Denver, hundreds of students walked out of class to protest Trump’s decision.

Dreamers have vowed to fight for their right to stay in the United States. In Washington, Rainy Leonor, a 23-year-old DACA recipient who took a bus down from Reading, Pennsylvania, told Mother Jones, “We knew this day was going to come, but we didn’t think it was going to be so fast.” Leonor, who has been protected by DACA since 2013, said the next step is to pressure as many members of Congress as possible to act. Like many Dreamers, Leonor said she was uncertain about DACA’s future:.”You never know,” she said. “You never know where this may go.”

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. It's our first time asking for an outpouring of support since screams of FAKE NEWS and so much of what Trump stood for made everything we do so visceral. Like most newsrooms, we face incredibly hard budget realities, and it's unnerving needing to raise big money when traffic is down.

So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate