9 DC-area schools hold walkouts to support DACA; 11 more schools participate nationwide
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Nine schools in the Washington, D.C., area are holding walkouts to show their support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Thursday. Eleven other schools across the country are also taking part in the demonstrations.
Pro-amnesty group United We Dream is backing the school walkout to promote a "clean" DREAM Act for nearly 2 million illegal immigrants.
Walkouts at schools in the D.C. area are occurring at Trinity University, Woodrow Wilson High School, the University of the District of Columbia, American University, School Without Walls of Washington, D.C., George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Montgomery College-Rockville Campus and Takoma Park Campus.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Republican senators don't plan on including amnesty for DACA recipients in the year-end spending bill.
DACA is a program that provided protection for nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. The program also granted immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States.
In September, President Donald Trump decided to rescind DACA, and the government stopped processing new applications in the program established by former President Barack Obama.
Following his decision, the commander-in-chief posted a series of tweets.
"Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do.) If they can't, I will revisit the issue!"
"I look forward to working with D's (Democrats) and R's (Republicans) in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st."
Several politicians, including Obama, released statements airing their dissatisfaction with the decision.
"To target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they've done nothing wrong," Obama wrote.
Large groups protested in D.C. after Trump's decision as they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to Trump Hotel, where they sat down in front of the building back in September.