#DefendDACA in Los Angeles: Immigrant Rights are Human Rights

In a recent pattern of executive orders, U.S. President Trump calls for the abrupt end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program that has protected 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation for the last five years.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states, “Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the U.S. for a specific period of time unless terminated. If [individuals] receive deferred action, [they] may be eligible for employment authorization.”

As an emergency action, thousands participated in the #DefendDACA March from MacArthur Park to Echo Park Lake to Olvera Street. Towards the conclusion of this mobilization, KmB community organizer Mike Manalo-Pedro said, “[We stand] in solidarity with the 13.2 million undocumented [individuals]. This is also an issue that impacts the API community and is an issue that affects my community, the Filipino-American community.”

There are approximately 5,000 Filipino DACA recipients overall and another 10,000 were DACA-eligible in CA alone before this program was rescinded this week. KmB / Pro-People Youth condemns this Trump regime that continues to use fear, stigma, and lies as means to assert control over the people. We as Filipinos refuse to be silent as our communities of color are constantly attacked day after day. In the midst of threatening 800,000 to face mass deportation, we must remain firm in that immigrant rights are human rights.

Knowing your rights are keys to survival. Remember and share the following four tenets:

  1. If your DACA expires on/before March 5, 2018, you have until October 5, 2017 to file a renewal and get two more years.
  2. For those whose DACA expire later than March 5, 2018, they are no longer eligible to file for renewals
  3. No new initial applications will be processed if it has not been filed already, as of today.
  4. No new advance parole requests will be granted. Pending applications will be denied, and money refunded.

By the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, read for more information about DACA’s process here.

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