BAMN stages emergency rally to defend DACA - The South End: News

BAMN stages emergency rally to defend DACA

Arianna Smith | Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:05 am

The Wayne State chapter of the student-activist organization Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary, BAMN for short, gathered Sep. 5 to inform students about their planned protest rally.

The rally is a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to disband and disrupt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which essentially protects children of immigrants or minors who arrived in the United States illegally from forced deportation back to their country of origin.

The Trump administration officially announced the end of DACA, but gave Congress six months to decide how to proceed with either phasing out or winding down the program. According to CNN, the program protected over “800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.”

Detroit BAMN organizer Neil Lyons said while the purposes of the individual rallies might vary—this one aimed at saving DACA—BAMN’s bottom-line has not changed.

“We want to provide awareness to people about DACA and why it needs to be saved, but we still demand overall that Trump either resign or be impeached,” Lyons said. “If Clinton had been elected, DACA would not be in danger.”

In an email sent out to students, President M. Roy Wilson said WSU will continue to protect student privacy and do not share private information unless required by law.

"Since its founding, Wayne State University has welcomed all who dream of a better life and supported all who study, work and live on our campus to achieve their potential," Wilson said. "We join hundreds of universities, as well as government, business and community leaders across the nation, in expressing our disappointment in this decision and urging Congress to work together and quickly find a solution to this important issue."  

Volunteer Elizabeth Williams said a college campus like WSU was one of the best places to stage rallies and engage people on issues. 

“WSU is diverse and open minded, for the most part,” Williams said. “DACA protects children, which include students, some of whom may exist on this very campus. They don’t need to be punished because their families sought better lives.”