FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2017
Washington, D.C. - This week, mothers of DACA recipients and women throughout the country, including national movement leaders Ai-Jen Poo and Alicia Garza, are joining a national fast from September 5 to 8 in response to Trump’s announcement earlier this week, terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which throws into chaos the lives of 800,000 immigrant youth and their families.
The fasters condemn Trump’s cruel decision to eliminate DACA, and demand protection for undocumented youth that does not come at the expense of their parents and the rest of the immigrant community. Some of the fasters have sent messages of support for the youth and mothers fasting all week in DC and a call to Congress to follow their courage and defend immigrant communities.
“Today is my third day fasting in Washington. We are sending a message to Congress that, as mothers, we will fight relentlessly for our sons and daughters. Without DACA, my daughter will not be able to become a teacher and provide for her own children. I am here for her, because there's nothing I wouldn't do to defend my family,” says Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented mother from Denver and immigrant rights leader, who became one of TIME’s most influential people after taking sanctuary in a church to stop her deportation. “Congress and Trump have a responsibility to protect our youth, but we will only accept a solution that does not use them in negotiations to further separate our families.”
“We need to remember that Trump’s decision to end DACA will not only impact thousands of young immigrants, but entire families, communities and our economy. A large number of domestic workers are mothers of DACA recipients, or DACA recipients themselves, and are ready to do whatever it takes to defend their sons and daughters, and their families,” says Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “I will be fasting with them to send a message to Trump and Congress, that women take this fight personally and we will not stop until our families are protected.”
Follow the hashtag #MomsResist to find more updates on the fast.