Washington, D.C. – Today, immigrant youth and allies took action and honored immigrants who passed away in detention this year with an altar for Dia de Los Muertos at East Seaton Park. Immigrant organizers traveled to Washington, D.C. from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington state to honor those who have died at the hands of ICE and CBP and demand that the Biden administration deliver citizenship for millions through reconciliation.
All credit to United We Dream Action
Zawadi Chege, Member of United We Dream Action, said:
“I applied for DACA earlier this year. Unfortunatelyl, I am one of the tens of thousands of undocumented young people who were shut out of DACA when a Republican appointed Judge in Texas ruled to end first time applications. I traveled to D.C. from my home in Washington State for myself, and for my parents. They both have risked their lives throughout this pandemic as home caregivers.
During my time in D.C., I wanted to make clear that there is no recovery without immigrants. It is past time to deliver lasting change for undocumented people like me and my parents. I’m here to honor the lives of immigrants who have passed in detention and demandPresident Biden and Democrats deliver this year. No excuses. We have waited far too long, and we cannot continue to live with the threat of detention and deportation. We need a pathway to citizenship now!”