On Wednesday, thousands of protestors gathered in front of the Capitol to fight for new, clean legislation for Dreamers, in a rally organized by immigration rights groups. As work permits for many Dreamers will begin to expire on March 5th, pressure on lawmakers to come up with new legislation is increasing rapidly. Although the main rally took place in Washington D.C., thousands of others gathered in smaller rallies across the country in support of the movement.
There are several pieces of legislation regarding DACA currently in the works, but lawmakers are having trouble agreeing on terms and implementation. After the complete repeal of DACA by the Trump administration, 690,000 recipients have been left wondering their fate. The particularly slow movement by lawmakers prompted this rally, as time begins to run out.
The rally-goers used their voices to denounce Trump’s repeal as well as the administration’s position on other aspects of immigration, including the recent implementation of the Travel Ban. Congressmen and community leaders, including those representing Montgomery County, Maryland (a jurisdiction with a high population of Dreamers), made speeches in solidarity. Around 200 rally participants were arrested for failing to disperse from the Capitol, although they were not detained. Several of those arrested were Congressmen and lawmakers.
Our Verdict: The need for clean DACA legislation is a pressing issue that should be a top priority on lawmakers’ agendas. We hope that the rally on the Capitol, as well as those in solidarity across the country, prompt Congress to push harder for the legislation proposals already in the works.