woman protesting deportation of illegal immigrants
A woman protests deportation practices. Photo: CHIRLA

A coalition of civil rights groups began a weeklong series of local events in support of the “dreamers” who remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an Obama-era program that may be on the chopping block by the Trump Administration.

Organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights and the California Dream Network, in collaboration with young undocumented immigrants, their families and supporters, “Rise Up 4 DACA” will take place all week with events each day in a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles County.

Introduced by former President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA allows people who were brought into the United States illegally as children to work and study in the country without fear of being deported. Numerous sources, including California Gov. Jerry Brown, say they believe President Trump appears likely to end the program soon.

At an event Monday morning at the UCLA Labor Center, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., met with young immigrants and vowed to fight for DACA’s survival.

“We will fight to keep the spirit behind DACA alive and to keep the word that was spoken in connection with DACA alive and true,” Harris said.

In a recent letter to Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown decried possible plans to end the DACA program, saying the idea is “cruel” to thousands of “dreamers” brought here through no fault of their own.

On Tuesday, pro-DACA events will be:

— 8-9 a.m., banner and poster drops at Los Angeles Street overpass of 101 Freeway;

— 7 a.m.-3 p.m., phone marathon to save DACA, with calls to the White House. CHIRLA Call Center, 2533 W. Third St., Los Angeles;

— noon, DACA recipients lunch with Sen. Harris, Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.; and

— midnight, bus with 50 residents departs from Los Angeles en route to Sacramento in support of DACA and SB 638, the anti-fraud immigration consultant bill. CHIRLA, 2533 W. Third St., Los Angeles.

Wednesday events are:

— 7 a.m.-3 p.m., phone marathon to save DACA, with calls to the White House. CHIRLA Call Center, 2533 W. Third St., Los Angeles; and

— 5-7 p.m., vigil to protect DACA, Olvera Street, Los Angeles.

On Thursday:

— 8-9 a.m., banner and poster drops at Los Angeles Street overpass of 101 Freeway; and

— 7 a.m.-3 p.m., phone marathon to save DACA, calls to White House, CHIRLA Call Center, 2533 W. Third St., Los Angeles

On Friday:

— 10 a.m.-noon, rally in support of DACA at the Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.

–City News Service

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