At noon today, Aug. 15, approximately 100 people gathered on the front steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of DACA, which prompted local Boise organizations, including the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union to stage a rally. Many individuals, including students and activists, advocated in favor of securing the DACA program.
The event was one of many being held across the country in support of the of the DACA program, according to Estefania Mondragon, social change associate at the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
“We have a ‘DACA-mented’ community, including Boise State, and we need to enforce that inclusion,” Mondragon said. “This has been an issue since before the 45th president and it would be a disservice to the society to ignore.”
Approximately, 3,000 individuals are included in the DACA program; a program at least 10 U.S. government officials—including Gov. Otter—are looking to erase, according to the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
“It’s a matter of human compassion,” said senior business major, Sam Kitana, a Planned Parenthood volunteer who was present at the rally. “If there is a child who was brought here to the United States—through no fault of their own—and have made a life here and you send them back to where their family is from, they’ll have no one there.”