YAKIMA, Wash. — About 60 people gathered at the Millennium Arts Plaza in downtown Yakima to voice their support for immigrants’ rights Friday evening.
The rally was organized by the Yakima County Dream Team, an immigrant’s rights group led by undocumented immigrant youth.
“We stand in solidarity with all families who are being deported,” said Elizabeth Lara, one of the rally’s organizers. The event included music provided by three musicians and stories from people describing their experience as immigrants and the challenges they face.
Jessica Rodriguez said the rally was also about encouraging President Barack Obama to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which bars the government from deporting undocumented youth who came to the United States as children with their parents or other family members.
One issue that was not a focus of the rally was the tens of thousands of unescorted undocumented children coming across the southern border. Rodriguez said that issue was not related to DACA.