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Activists Across the U.S. Rally in Support of DACA
Protests began across the country as DACA was rescinded, ending amnesty for 800,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as minors.
Axel, 15, the son of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipient, stands with supporters during a rally outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2017.
After taking the long weekend to make his decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump was rolling back the Obama-era executive order that allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country.
Under the plan, the Trump administration will stop considering new applications for legal status dated after Tuesday, but will allow any DACA recipients with a permit set to expire before March 5, 2018, the opportunity to apply for a two-year renewal if they apply by October 5 of this year.
Marlon Ruales, Dayana Arrue, Sofia Ruales, and Erica Ruales, all in their early 20's and Dreamers originally from Ecuador, watch Attorney General Jeff Sessions' remarks on ending the DACA program on Sofia's smartphone before a protest in Grand Army Plaza on Sept. 5.
The decision, which represents a blow to young undocumented immigrants who were shielded from deportation under DACA, ignited protests around the country Tuesday as supporters took to the streets, walking out of jobs and schools.
Young DACA recipients, along with Jorge-Mario Cabrera, CHIRLA Communications Director (R), watch U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement on the DACA program, on a projection screen at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) headquarters in Los Angeles.
Allison Agsten of Los Angeles stands with supporters of the DACA program during a rally outside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building.
Cielo Mendez, 17, of Plainfield, New Jersey, who is a DACA recipient, second from left with banner, marches next to Gabriel Henao, 7, and Kimberly Armas, 15, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in support of the DACA program outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in Washington on Sept. 5.