Arizona State University student arrested at DACA protest in DC
PHOENIX — An Arizona State University student was arrested for participating in a protest to urge Congress to pass legislation for DREAMers on Thursday.
Belén Sisa, who is a senior at the university, was one of 15 protesters who were arrested for protesting in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
In a tweet, Sisa posted a photo of her being arrested by Capitol Police with a lengthy caption.
According to a post on her Facebook page, Sisa said she was released from jail a couple hours afterward but vowed to keep fighting.
“Courage is not about doing things without fear, courage is having fear and doing it anyway and I couldn’t have done it without the love, bravery, and support of all those…who came all the way from Arizona to stand with me.
“We will fight this. We will continue to demand for a Clean #DreamActNow today and everyday until permanent solutions are passed,” Sisa added.
Sisa joined hundreds of protesters who gathered in the Senate building to urge lawmakers to pass new legislation that would protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
Sisa and other supporters are asking Congress not only to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but legislation that will act as a pathway to citizenship without criminalizing immigrants.
According to ABC News, the protesters chanted and posted banners in the Senate building to “pressure Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to pass legislation in support of so-called Dreamers.”
President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which granted temporary work permits and protection from deportation to those undocumented immigrants, in September.
Trump left a six-month window to allow Congress to decide whether it wants to write legislation to protect the so-called DREAMers. So far, legislation has been introduced but has not picked up steam.
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