Eight people affiliated with BAMN, the coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, gathered Tuesday afternoon on the steps of Hatcher Graduate Library to advocate against the deportation of immigrants.
Art & Design senior Keysha Wall said the group was trying to raise awareness regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
“We’re having a march because of Trump’s regime and in order to defeat what he has planned for America we must continue to march and organize all across the nation,” Wall said. “Trump has said that starting his first days in office he wants to deport millions of immigrants, starting with DACA.”
DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday to pay a fee to receive protection from deportation and a temporary work authorization. Roughly 750,000 people have been issued temporary protection under the policy, which could be reversed under Trump because it is an executive order. On the campaign trail, Trump said he would create a “special deportation task force” and has since promised to “immediately terminate” the program.
In addition to Trump, Wall said, they had grievances with Obama and are calling on him to offer a presidential pardon and grant citizenship to all immigrants under DACA.
“Right now we’re demanding that Obama first pardon all people under DACA and DAPA and also make them citizens,” Wall said. “But he has continued to drag his feet and pretend like the problem doesn’t exist, and he is absolutely trying to wait until the clock runs out and Trump gets to do whatever the hell he wants.”