By Cindy Hadish
Advocates showed their love for the nation’s “Dreamers” during a Valentine’s Day march and rally in Cedar Rapids.
More than 60 people walked from Coe College to the Linn County Courthouse on a relatively balmy winter day, with temperatures in the low 40s.
Chanting “education not deportation” and more, the supporters made their way down First Avenue carrying signs, punctuated by occasional honks from supportive motorists.
Organizer Ryan Oppegard said he knows people affected by Donald Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, with the peaceful rally designed to demonstrate solidarity with the people left in fear of being deported.
“This is just something I’m really passionate about,” he said.
Trump announced in September 2017 that he was ending the Obama administration’s DACA program, which provided protection from deportation and work permits for about 800,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.
See photos from a previous rally in Cedar Rapids and more photos from the Valentine’s Day 2018 DACA march and rally, below: