If DACA protesters were going to interrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City to make a political statement, they probably needed to have more than four participants.
Nevertheless, (count ’em) four illegal aliens took their “seats” in the middle of the street ahead of the parade, shouting “Undocumented, unafraid!” as New York City Police Department officers promptly removed them.
The campaign group Cosecha released video showing the incident:
These protesters are “undocumented” and “unafraid” at least for now, since they are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an unconstitutional Obama-era provision that allows almost a million illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States if they were brought to the country by their parents.
However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the DACA program in September that included a six-month hold meant to prompt Congress to act, meaning the program will officially end in March 2018 unless a compromise is reached.
The four illegal aliens, part of a group organized by the Seed Project, talked to the New York Daily News about their demands on the country they’re now residing in.
— Courier-Post (@cpsj) November 24, 2017
“What we’re trying to remind people is that they’re the ones who shape a democracy, and it’s their voices that shape what the future is,” 26-year-old Hector Martinez said. “Today was successful in that we were able to remind the immigrant community that they don’t have to live in fear. When you work together, you can change the way things are.”
Piash Ahamed, 26, told the Daily News that the immigrant community demands “permanent protection for undocumented youth and more focus on the fact that all undocumented youth are suffering, whether they’re DACA or not.”
“I was scared of being arrested, I was scared of losing my job,” 25-year-old Barbara Hernandez said. “But once there, I felt empowered, having them with me, and knowing it wasn’t just for me — it was for everyone, not just the Dreamers, but all 11 million.”
ICYMI: DACA recipients blocked the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to send this message. pic.twitter.com/LvlJH0T3ez
— Le JAKO #ABAJOVENEL! 🇭🇹 (@TwitJAKO) November 24, 2017
A press release from the Seed Project calls the “civil disobedience” a “call on community to take fight to their districts and to Capitol Hill.”
From the release:
Immigrant youth from across the country converged in New York City on Thanksgiving Day to participate in a civil disobedience action and pledge their commitment to winning permanent protection for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the Country. Four DACA recipients and allies were removed from the parade, blocking traffic by the Macy’s Day Parade.
The group plans to conduct a similar protest next month in Washington, D.C.
Stay tuned to see if they can drum up more than four participants.
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