Stating the program was unconstitutional, the Trump administration announced earlier today that it would roll back Obama-era protections for "dreamers," undocumented residents who were brought to the country as children.
In response, thousands are expected to attend a rally at the San Francisco Federal Building in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) this evening at 5pm
“The elimination of the DACA program will potentially affect thousands of young and productive San Franciscans who were brought to this country as children," Public Defender Jeff Adachi wrote in a statement.
"Ending DACA means risking deportation and restricting access to higher education for more than 800,000 Dreamers across the country."
While the Department of Homeland Security announced today that new DACA applications will not be accepted, the Trump administration has left those currently protected in legal limbo; during the next six months, Congress will ultimately decide the fate of those protected through DACA.
In response, Adachi added, "We must act immediately to provide both legal and community assistance to those who are most at risk of losing their legal status to remain in our country, including DACA beneficiaries.”
San Francisco's public defender's office is one of only three in the country that represents immigrants being held for deportation proceedings. New York City and Alameda County both have similar programs. The immigration unit was formed in response to escalating immigration enforcement priorities across the country after the inauguration of President Trump.
The rally is from 5–6:30pm outside of the Federal Building at 90 7th St., between Stevenson and Mission streets. So far, 1,700 have confirmed to attend on Facebook, with another 4,500 indicating an interest.
At 8pm, Resistance SF will be projecting images on the Mission Street side of the building "in solidarity with the dreamers" as well.
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