WASHINGTON DC --A group of a few dozen people outraged by changes to immigration procedures in the days since President Donald Trump took office are hoping to inspire change.
They took to the front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Washington DC Friday to protest the detention of two people, fearing that their deportation was imminent.
The two people also represent a changing immigration enforcement landscape for millions of people who traveled to the U.S. illegally but have lived here for years and raised families.
"I'm scared for my mother's safety," said Deyrania Aldana, one of Friday's protesters. "I'm sure my mother is scared for my safety and that's not fair. Communities shouldn't have to live in fear we're just trying to live a life of dignity and it's really unfair that every day we wake up with this fear."
The following is information about the two people the group was raising awareness about during the rally from the group's website:
ICE agents detained 22-year-old Dany Vargas just hours after she courageously spoke about her fear of deportation at a press conference in Mississippi. She was afraid because two weeks ago, ICE officers raided her home and detained both her brother and father while she hid terrified in her closet for four hours.
In February ICE agents invaded a Seattle home to detain a 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez, who is a father to a 3-year-old.
Dany and Daniel are both DACA beneficiaries and SHOULD have been safe.
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that provides young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protects them from deportation. Trump said multiple times that people like Dany had nothing to fear and Speaker Paul Ryan looked DACA beneficiary Angelica Villalobos in the eye and said the same.
In Trump’s America, no one is safe.
Secretary Kelly and Republicans must say in no uncertain terms that DACA recipients are safe and release Dany and Daniel immediately!
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