Activists, faith leaders show support for immigrants as DACA fight continues

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CHICAGO — The Department of Homeland Security has to continue renewing all existing DACA permits after federal courts struck down President Trump’s  March 5 deadline, but supporters of “Dreamers” said the fight is far from over.

About 100 people and faith leaders from different backgrounds marched three blocks from a nearby church to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at 101 W. Congress Monday. Young men and women off from school also joined the march to show their support for undocumented immigrants.

Six months ago, lawmakers promised to have a solution for DACA in place, but on the day of the March 5 deadline, nothing has come. The Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump administration’s arguments over the issue last week.

Supporters of immigration reform and “Dreamers” linked arms and made a human chain outside of the headquarters.  They say they’re not letting lawmakers take the wind out of their sails, and rallying around those who may not be able to speak for themselves.

“I don’t know when DACA will come up with lawmakers again,” said “Dreamer” Esther Jeon.

The next government funding deadline is March 23, and some lawmakers are suggesting they’ll try to get a deal by then. “Dreamers” and their supporters say they’ll keep making their voices heard.


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