Georgetown University student groups to march in Day of Action Against Deportations
As part of the national #Not1more Deportation campaign, the Georgetown University Immigration Coalition, Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, MEChA, and its allies will gather at the Healy front gates at 12:00 p.m. and march towards the Capitol to participate in the Day of Action Against Deportations this Saturday.
Under the banner Two Million Too Many , they will be joined here by another coalition organized by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Trabajadores Unidos. The final destination of the march is the White House where demonstrators will converge as a united front in a mass city-wide protest against immigrant deportation.
Citlalli Alvarez (COL ’16) of the GU Immigration Coalition told Vox about the importance of April 5 in thinking critically about migration specifically as a human right and what this means in the context of our nation’s history.
“The protest is prompted by the record number of deportations under the Obama administration, which is anticipated to hit the milestone of two million removals since he took office,” she wrote in a press release. “President Obama has the power to expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately.”
One of the leaders for the Border Awareness Experience ASB trip to El Paso, Texas, Sophia Stepp (SFS ’14), told Vox that both her group and participants from the KINO Border Awareness ASB trip will be attending the rally and march this Saturday. “We have been advertising the action as a part of our post-trip activities through social media, flyering, and word-of-mouth,” she said. “We focused on raising awareness for the march as a core part of the advocacy we were doing at the Border Wall last Friday.”
This Border Wall, a fence constructed out of wood and plastic and manned by ASB members in Red Square last week, was built to generate public dialogue and discussion about the major obstacles that immigrants face.
“We intentionally decided to construct our border wall in an area of Red Square where it would be very visible and act a physical boundary, disruptive to traffic flow,” said Stepp. “In this way, we hoped to convey what we learned about the U.S.-Mexican border during ASB—that the border fence detrimentally divides a community inherently intertwined at its cultural, spiritual, economic, and social levels.”
Kendra Layton (COL ’15), this year’s Arizona ASB trip coordinator, told Vox that she is pleased to see the conversation about immigration taking place between student groups on campus that might not usually work in collaboration, such as Alternative Spring Break and Hoyas for Immigrant Rights. “I am so excited to see so many different groups mobilizing and coming together to stand up for an issue,” she said.
In addition to advertising for the Georgetown-led Two Million Too Many movement, Layton has also been involved in planning the march for the wider D.C. Community in partnership with the Trabajadores Unidos and the Day Laborer Exchange Program. “We can no longer continue to deny the human impact of the policies that are developed miles away from the people they affect most,” she said. “The time is now to bridge the gap between communities, parties, peoples and nations.”
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