Immigration

From New York to Washington: Dreamers walk for rights of the undocumented

On the day President Trump ordered the end of the DACA program, these young people decided to pause their daily lives to take an extraordinary journey: over two weeks, they walked 250 miles from New York to Washington, D.C. to fight for their rights.

When President Trump announced in September that he would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since they were children suddenly faced the prospect of losing their work permits and being deported to countries they barely know.

The president gave lawmakers six months (until March 5) to replace DACA with a more permanent program. But he later announced a series of tough immigration enforcement measures that he said needed to be included in any solution, a move that torpedoed negotiations to pass a bipartisan bill.

Over the past six months, young immigrants have demanded a clean Dream Act, one that protects them without giving in to Trump's demands. They've kept up the pressure - on both Democrats and Republicans - even after a federal judge reversed Trump's decision on DACA in January, in a case that is still tied up in the courts.

As the March 5 deadline approached, eleven activists decided to make a long, symbolic journey: they traveled on foot for 250 miles, across five states, from New York City to Washington DC, in an effort to urge action from Congress. This is their story.