Protesters arrive in DC for March to Confront White Supremacy rally, support DACA
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Protesters arrived Wednesday in Washington, D.C. for the March to Confront White Supremacy.
The event began at 3 p.m. in Gateway Park in Arlington, Virginia for the last leg of the march, and the rally kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial in D.C., according to the Charlottesville2DC Twitter page.
On Sept. 4, activists traveled 13 miles from Gainesville, Virginia to Centreville, Virginia as part of the 10-day, 100-mile voyage from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C.
Marchers with Charlottesville2DC told ABC7 News they are protesting white supremacy and President Donald Trump's then-imminent decision to potentially end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that granted hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children protection from deportation, and the ability to work legally in the United States.
The Trump administration decided on Sept. 5 to end the DACA program, leading to protests outside the White House and portions of D.C. Protesters were disappointed in the administration's decision to rescind the program and marched so their voices could be heard.
The program was created by former President Barack Obama's administration.
Several politicians released statements voicing their displeasure with the DACA decision, including Obama, who in part said the decision is "cruel."
The former commander-in-chief also said in part: "To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong."