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15 people arrested during Austin immigration protest

27 Juillet 2017

The program grants protection from deportation and work permits to qualifying unauthorized immigrants who arrived to the U.S.as children.

Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led a group of his counterparts from nine other states in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions that called for the "phasing out" of the DACA programme.

The protests in the Texas state capital on Wednesday were meant to send a message to Paxton and the Texas state government.

Catalina Santiago, a DACA recipient who was arrested on Wednesday, said in a statement that she participated in the event to "tell my parents, my community, and the rest of the 11 million that no matter what politicians say, you are worthy and we will not settle for the crumbs they offer us in exchange for being the economic and labor force that sustains this country day in and day out".

The Trump administration has not released a decision on plans for the DACA program yet. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took fearless action.

The protests broke out in Austin, a city that has declared itself a sanctuary to immigrants.

The protesters formed a circle in the middle of a downtown Austin, Texas street that runs in front of the Capitol, laying down banners.

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As experts and legislators point out, deporting undocumented immigrants in big states like Texas could crater local economies.

DACA is the result of an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama, after years of direct action by undocumented immigrant activists.

"The action that we're taking today will test whether or not Austin really is a sanctuary city or if it's just a nice thing to say", she added.

Unfortunately, the protest turned out to show immigrants that when it comes to fighting the state for its sanctuary status, Austin seems to have lost the battle. "We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were 'undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic, '" Cabello said in a statement.

Hopefully, those arrested will be able to return to their lives in no time. We are putting our faith in our people.

The idea that a protest is enough to put an end to a person's dream of living a peaceful existence without being pestered by the government is terrifying. Hernandez has responded by saying she communicates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as federal law requires, and holds immigrants who are charged with serious crimes for potential deportation.

15 people arrested during Austin immigration protest