by Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican
Sept. 5, 2017
Several hundred people, many of them high school and college students, rallied Tuesday in Santa Fe to send a message to President Donald Trump on behalf of young immigrants who now might be deported.
The Dreamers, they said, are here to stay. But exactly how they will make their words come true was anybody’s guess.
Demonstrators gathered at Santa Fe Community College to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind former President Barack Obama’s executive order giving young undocumented immigrants the chance to live, work and attend school in the United States without fear of arrest or deportation.
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is giving Congress six months to work out the details of unraveling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a move that could force out some 800,000 Dreamers, as those who were brought illegally into the country as children and have benefited from the program are known. In New Mexico, an end to the program could affect 6,800 young people.
Many at the rally said the Trump administration’s decision was inhumane and that they intend to challenge its decision.
“We’re not going to be quiet,” said 21-year-old community college student Citlaly Fernández, one of the organizers of the demonstration. “We are not going to be invisible. We are going to speak up, be heard and support each other.”
The six-month stay, she said, “means there is time to make a difference.”
Her 26-year-old sister, Dianna Fernández, is one of those who’s been protected under Obama’s program. A 2015 graduate of the community college, she said Trump’s stand filled her with fear and sadness.
“This could impact us in a negative way, economically