Peaceful Protestors Stand Up and Speak at R.I. State House

In over a week dominated by disaster in news, protesters in Rhode Island believe that the biggest threat to them lived in the White House. One speaker said, “The biggest hurricane hit this Monday, it was hurricane Trump.”

On Friday September 8th, a march against President Donald Trump’s recent declaration to end DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, walked the streets of Providence. The march was organized by the Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities with the support of other local organizations. The march began at Burnside Park and ended at the Rhode Island State House, where speeches against President Trump’s recent actions were heard. One student speaker from Brown University stated that she “will no longer take crumbs to protect dreamers like me”.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that was established by the Obama Administration in 2012. Recipients of the DACA are often referred to as “Dreamers”. It allows children, who were brought into the United States illegally by their parents, to postpone their deportation and gives them opportunity to study, work, and receive driver’s licenses. To be enrolled in the program, applicants must have actively lived in the United States since June 15, 2007 and be under the age of sixteen when they first arrived to the United States. Applicants also must prove that their criminal record is clean and that they are enrolled in either high school, college, or the military.

On September 5th, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA. The administration is allowing Congress six months protect the program and create a permanent solution and legislation for DACA recipients.

 

Addison Boucher

Staff Writer