'This Is My Home': Immigrant Rights Activists Stage Sit-In To Protest Threats To DACA

Jul 26, 2017

Fifteen immigrant rights activists were arrested Wednesday after blocking traffic at the intersection of 15th Street and Congress Avenue during a sit-in to protest Attorney General Ken Paxton's push to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The Obama-era program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, known as "Dreamers," from deportation. Last month, Paxton and nine other attorneys general wrote a letter to the Trump administration asking it to phase out the program.

“Not my crime. Not my fault. I have nowhere to go," DACA recipient Oscar Galindo said during the demonstration. The Austin resident said he was brought to the country when he was 4. "This is my home. I don’t understand why a lot of politicians want to get rid of us."

As police began arresting the demonstrators who were blocking the road, others called out: "Aguanta, el pueblo se levanta," which translates to "Endure, the people are rising."

Organizers called the march and sit-in the “first and largest undocumented-led direct action since Trump’s inauguration.” 

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Juan Ortiz from Baltimore claps and chants alongside fellow immigrant rights protesters blocking traffic.
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Ariel Mendoza from Minneapolis sits in front of the Texas Capitol.
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Catalina Adorno from Union City, N.J., was one of more than a dozen demonstrators who were arrested outside the Capitol.
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Juan Ortiz is led into a police van after being arrested.
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