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Local Activists Respond to the Ending of DACA

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Tuesday September 5, The Justice Department announced that it is ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy created under the Obama Administration.  The policy shielded young immigrants, who were brought to the United States, from deportation.

In response, local activists will be holding a sit-ins in hopes of holding local officials responsibile. The first sit-in will be at the office of Congressman Leonard Lance on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 12, followed by a sit-in a the office of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, with a mass rally on Wednesday at 4 pm in front of the Peter Rodino Federal Building in Newark

"We stand with 800,000 young immigrants whose lives President Trump has put in jeopardy to achieve his agenda of white supremacy and hate", said Sara Cullinane, Director of Make the Road New Jersey. "We condemn the President's cruel and inhumane decision to revoke DACA. Today we take our fight to the White House, tomorrow we demand Congress pass a clean Dream Act that does not trade in our immigrant youth as bargaining chips for the President's agenda of hate and white supremacy. That means not one dollar for Trump's border wall or internal enforcement forces that terrorizes our communities and separates our families. From today onwards, Trump and his cronies in Congress will have to reckon with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants and millions more of their supporters and people of good will.

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Make the Road New Jersey held a week long rally in Morristown this past August to protest the deportation budget. Local activists began their protest in front of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen's office.

When asked, a representative from the congressman's office stated that the congressman had no comment regarding ending of the DACA program.

"I've lived in New Jersey since I was five years old", said Valeria Gómez, Make the Road New Jersey youth leader, high school student and DACA recipient: "This is my home, this is where my family is. Taking away DACA is an insult to our dignity - I will begin my senior year of high school this week with an uncertain future.  But we are not defined by a work permit. We will keep fighting for the respect we all deserve. We are here to stay."

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