D.C. Area Students Leave Class, Shut Down Streets in Support of Illegal Immigrants

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by Eduardo Neret

 

Hundreds of Washington D.C. college students walked out of class to raise awareness for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ahead of the Supreme Court arguments that were heard on November 12.

The Supreme Court is weighing the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the program enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012. DACA, which was created through executive order, protects illegal immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. as minors. Many of these immigrants are now college-aged students.

Students started the protest by organizing at their respective campuses, which included Georgetown UniversityJohns Hopkins University, and George Washington University.

Campus Reform Digital Reporter Eduardo Neret went to Georgetown to cover the Georgetown University students who were marching to Dupont Circle, a major thoroughfare in the nation’s capital.  Several event organizers attempted to end or interrupt Neret’s interviews with students. One activist told Neret that she was instructed to tell the students not to talk to him.

 

According to the group’s Facebook event, the Georgetown students initially wanted to shut down Key Bridge, which links Georgetown with Rosslyn, Virginia. Key Bridge was later swapped with Dupont Circle. The students were escorted by police for the entirety of the march.

Students from all campuses later met at the Supreme Court, where they marched and chanted for several hours.

In addition to DACA-related chants, the protesters also chanted “Black Lives Matter” and several other anti-Trump and anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chants.

“[ICE’s work] is to uphold white supremacy,” one student said. “It’s all to…get rid of brown and black and keep people of European descendency in power.”

Neret spoke to some of the protesters and challenged them on DACA.

“DACA students didn’t have a choice,” another student said when Neret referenced the legal immigrant students who “did things the right way.”

“Undocumented or not, these people are Americans and people need to be fighting for them,” a student told Neret outside the Supreme Court. “This is their country.”

When Neret asked if Americans had “a duty to our fellow citizens first,” the student responded that the DACA recipients “should be citizens.”

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Eduardo Neret is a digital reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to taking on his current position, Eduardo served as the Senior Florida Correspondent for Campus Reform and founded a conservative web publication where he hosted a series of interviews with notable conservative commentators and public figures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appeared at and reprinted from campusreform.org

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2 Thoughts to “D.C. Area Students Leave Class, Shut Down Streets in Support of Illegal Immigrants”

  1. 83ragtop50

    DACA is a slap in the face of American citizens. Obama should be put in prison for signing that executive order in direct violation of immigration laws. Put the blame on the parents or whoever sneaked them in and send them all home.

    And the D.C. protesters can go with them if they really want to help.

  2. M. Flatt

    If the purpose of ICE was to remove people “of color”, they could do it more effectively with automatic weapons. (That’s sarcastic, but a good example of the high emotional techniques used by the Left.)

    When is there going to be legislation that spells out the rights of a citizen of America that a non-citizen DOES NOT HAVE? Right now, there seems to be no difference between the two. If states started passing “anti-immigration” legislation that demagnetized their states, we’d start seeing the strain on the de facto Sanctuary States. We should not be rewarding people that enter our country illegally with the same benefits as those that entered through the proper channels. (In my opinion, a person that entered this country illegally already has a major black mark against them, and they should not be given the “rights” of a fair and speedy trial, a jury of their peers, a free lawyer, or translation services.)

    As far as the ADULTS who were brought to America as children, they need to do the responsible adult thing and make their status legal. That may mean naturalization, or the paperwork to be a permanent resident. I’m sorry, but if you’re over the age of twenty, you are not under the protection of “being a kid”.

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