James Estrada, Staff Writer 

D.A.C.A. stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is an American immigration policy which allows current adults who migrated to this country in their youth to live and possibly receive a work permit through a 2-year renewal. As a result of the potential end to the program, a walkout to protest this decision was scheduled to occur on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. This was organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights and was announced to begin at 10 a.m. According to KTLA News Broadcast website, they report- ed that various high schools in California were scheduled to participate in the event. They stated that “Earlier, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights announced a 10 a.m. walkout that’s expected to draw hundreds of students from John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, James A. Garfield High School in East L.A., Academia Avance Charter  School in Highland Park, Warren High School in Downey and more.”

INTERVIEW WITH SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T WALK 

Questions:

  • How do you feel about the current D.A.C.A. situation?
  • Why do you feel remaining in school was a better option than protesting?

Ariana Martinez, a senior and Captain of the Cheer Team at South Gate High School, expressed why she remained in school rather than joining some of her fellow peers in the walkout, “I disagree with the High Court’s decision to possibly end the D.A.C.A. Program. Many Hispanic people rely on that program to attempt and have a good life in the United States. As for my reason for staying, well I feel the walkout was a had a good motive behind it. But I feel that most of the students who walked out were uneducated about it and mainly took advantage of the opportunity to leave school early. As a result, only a small amount of people was left to actually protest against the D.A.C.A. decision. This alone wouldn’t have made a big enough change, so I saw no point in participating in it.”

INTERVIEW WITH SOMEONE THAT WALKED OUT

Questions

  • How do you feel about the current D.A.C.A. situation?
  • Why do you feel protesting was a better option than remaining in school?

This student has decided to remain anonymous for this inter- view. A freshman at South Gate High School, they were proud to have participated in the walkout to protest the controversial D.A.C.A. decision, “Change needs to happen. Obviously, our voices aren’t being heard the way we thought they would be. I walked out in hopes that our voices would finally be heard on the topic of D.A.C.A. Contrary to the President’s belief, some of actually care for those poor immigrant lives at the border. Our leaders need to know that we have an opinion too, saw no point in participating in it.” 

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