About a hundred protestors gathered at Penn State’s Old Main on Friday to show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The demonstrators urged the community to tell their elected officials to take a stand.
Chanting “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” the protest marched from the Old Main lawn to the Allen Street gate downtown.
Shoba Wadhia is the director of Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She spoke to the protestors about common misunderstandings surrounding the administration’s decision to end DACA.
Eva Letwin is a licensed counselor in State College. She printed out copies of information from the Clinic’s website to share among the protestors.
“Immigration is such a complicated topic, DACA is just one small portion of it," Letwin said. "So, I feel people should at least know what they’re talking about – the people who’re against it, but even the people who support it.”
The Trump administration announced the decision to phase out DACA last Tuesday. Penn State President Eric Barron issued a statement that same day, saying he was “deeply concerned” and every student at Penn State has earned the right to be here.