On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children from deportation proceedings. Protests erupted across the country, and the national outcry from many undocumented youth was heard loud and clear: They will continue resisting anti-immigrant policies and procedures, angry and unafraid.
On Saturday (September 9), immigrant rights group Movimiento Cosecha led thousands of immigrants and their allies in a march through New York City streets. They stopped and rallied outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The organization’s campaign, “Somos 11 Millones“—which means “We are 11 million” in Spanish—is a call to protect DACA and the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The rally included an 11-minute sit-in along Central Park West in honor of those who are impacted by immigration enforcement.
For some advocates, Trump’s decision to end DACA reinforces his administration’s hardened stance on immigration enforcement and deportations—policies that continue to affect those who are ineligible for deferred action. “We can no longer keep the community divided between Dreamers and non-Dreamers,” Catalina Adorno, an organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, told Colorlines.
Movimiento Cosecha hopes that actions like the one held on Saturday will translate into a larger, nationwide weeklong economic boycott. “At the end of the day this is my life, it’s family and workers whose lives are also at stake here,” Adorno said. “If we all come together and collectively don’t cooperate with the system, we will have such a huge effect on this economy, the country will be forced to recognize us.”
Andrew Seng is an independent photographer based in New York, New York. A first-generation Cambodian-American born in Portland, Oregon, he formerly served as a staff photojournalist at The Sacramento Bee. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME.com and more. Follow him @AndrewSeng_.