Protesters hit the streets across the U.S. following Tuesday’s announcement that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is being rescinded.
CGTN’s May Lee reports.
In Los Angeles, protests immediately erupted. The city, and west coast in general, is home to a large population of immigrants from across the world.
Although the majority of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” are from Mexico and Central America, close to 17,000 are from Asia. The actual number of those from Asia, however, could be higher.
Many among the community are afraid to publicly reveal their immigration status. But DACA’s repeal is bringing out Asian dreamers and their advocates who are willing to speak out.
“My family immigrated here four generations ago, so a lot of these concerns and fears might not touch me immediately,” according to protester Kelsey Lino. “But they affect everything in our community, and what America is.”
Hollywood is taking a stand too. Chinese American child actor Hudson Yang, star of “Fresh Off the Boat,” released a video message.
“Everybody should be able to pursue their dreams and no family should be ripped apart,” Yang said in the video. “That’s why we need to protect DACA. We also want to give a shout out to all the Daca-mented individuals and Asian Americans out there. Let your voice be heard, don’t give up and keep up the good fight.”
According to the Department of Justice, DACA will be phased out in March of next year, and no new applications will be accepted. President Trump is putting the responsibility to create legislation that replaces DACA squarely on the shoulders of Congress.
Just hours before the announcement, Trump tweeted: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
For dreamers, many of whom have known no other country than the United States, the clock is now ticking. But they say they will keep up the fight. Not just for themselves, but for everyone who wants to live out the American Dream.