#HereToStay Rally

Posted January 17, 2017 /

CASA and other immigrant-rights activists held a rally January 14th at the Metropolitan AME Church to speak out against xenophobic and unrealistic proposals put forth by President-elect Donald Trump targeting immigrants and refugees and to protest the extremist candidates he has nominated to run and enact his directives.

Speakers included Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and people directly affected by proposals put forth by President-elect Trump.

With a week to go to Trump’s inauguration, the rally is part of a series of actions planned by immigrant rights activists to stand up in defense of a vision of America that is free of mass deportations, violence, racism and registries.

The rally, organized by CASA and other immigrant-rights organizations such as United We Dream, the Center for Community Change/Fair Immigration Reform Movement and the Service Employees International Union, will be held at 11 a.m. at the Metropolitan AME Church and will feature immigrant and refugee leaders of all backgrounds.

Over 2500 people packed the church to capacity. The rally in Washington coincided with actions in nearly 50 cities across the country, where immigrants and people of conscience of all backgrounds raised their voice to declare that they will stand in the way of deportations, racial profiling, criminalization and hatred and say that we are #HereToStay.