Organizers hold DACA rally at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA.

The program had protected nearly 80,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation.

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The news has sparked protests all over the nation including one in New Haven.

The rally began at 5:30 on the Yale University Campus. The event is organized by Unidad Latina en Accion and the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance. Hundreds of people showed up to take part.

“I woke up at six o’clock this morning, made the event on Facebook, invited as many people as I could and just hoped for a few people to show up. I was not expecting nearly the amount of people that did show up,” said Jesus Morales Sanchez, one of the organizers with ULA.

It is estimated that about 10,000 immigrant youths in Connecticut are protected by DACA.

“I’m here to support these young kids who have so much to offer our country. They’re working hard for our country, they’re paying taxes. They have demonstrated with their feet and their actions that they belong here,” said Larry Rizzolo of Guilford.

“Americans are appalled by this. We all know what it’s like to come here as an immigrant or have our families work hard to get into school. I never would have expected our government to pull the rug out from under us like this,” said Carol Rizzolo of Guilford.

The program, started by the Obama administration in 2012 allows illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the opportunity to attend school and work here without the fear of deportation.

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Now there is a lot of uncertainty as to what will come next.

That’s why this group and others all across the country are coming together, hoping their voices are heard as for many of them, life in the United States is all they’ve ever known.

The rally in New Haven started at Yale and protesters marched to the United Methodist Church cross from the Green before heading to City Hall.

Not everyone agrees with the protesters.

“Well, the parents are responsible for the kids. They shouldn’t of made that move. They put them in that position, I didn’t put them in that position,” said a man named Phillip who lives in New Haven. “The keyword is illegal immigrant. Illegal. They gotta follow the law.”