OCIYU Responds to Jeff Sessions Address on DACA

For Immediate Release
September 5, 2017

Contact: Jose Servin, OCIYU, 714.728.2520, jservin@ociyu.org

Santa Ana, CA – “Now that DACA has a definite end, it’s time for the immigrant community to shed divisive labels and take action.

In 2012 we organized alongside immigrant youth across the nation in a movement that led to the passage of DACA. We didn’t stop there. We continued the fight for the rights of all immigrants at city halls, state capitols, ICE offices, and on the streets alongside our communities. These battles culminated in strong Sanctuary City Policies, Deportation Defense Funds, the shut-down of the Santa Ana City Jails trans-detention pod, and the shut-down of xenophobic rhetoric and legislation.  

Now, it’s time to take the battle for immigrant rights to the highest levels. It’s time for all immigrant youth to unite in the fight for the well-being of our everyone in our communities. We must fight for those with TPS, those ineligible for DACA, members of the LGBTQ community, recent arrivals and everyone who is undocumented.

Today, the undocumented community and allies will rally at Sasscer Park at 6 p.m. and put our bodies on the line to show this country that the removal of DACA has only awoken the spirit of dissent in the immigrant community. We will not sit in silence while ICE and the White House collaborate with local police to threaten and vilify our communities. We aim to unite all immigrants in Orange County in a demonstration of hope and strength. We will no longer let politicians stand idle while xenophobes and white supremacists tear away at our community. We will demonstrate that the strength of the immigrant community is stronger than the fear they hope to stifle us with. We are undocumented. We are unafraid. We are not going anywhere.”

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