On September 5th, 2017, President Donald Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA - which was put into place in June 2012 by President Barack Obama.
DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children temporary protected status against deportation and eligibility for a work permit. DACA recipients were required to have no criminal record, and have a high level of education.
In the immediate aftermath of the decision to end DACA, rallies were organized across the country to stand in solidarity with "Dreamers" - those protected under DACA, and pressure the administration on their cruel and unjust decision.
It is estimated that more than 20,000 Filipino immigrants are protected by DACA, and more than 1.5 million undocumented immigrants were brought into the United States as children.
Our chapters decided to join these rallies in their respective cities. We realize the contributions Dreamers make in our communities, through their hard work and commitment to our country.
"This typically short sighted response by Trump to revoke DACA without installing a feasible replacement is a microcosm of this administration- undoing progress and letting Congress clean it up. No one is holding Trump accountable for his destructive actions or his assault on the mental health of Americans. It's time for members of Congress stop acting as pawns of the party and start advocating for their constituents." - Noel Aglubat, UniPro Board of Directors