California Dream Act ‘graduation’ ceremony draws hundreds to San Francisco
Hundreds of young undocumented immigrants from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and elsewhere gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Saturday for a “graduation ceremony” protest.
Participants called for President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to impose the Dream Act’s provisions and protested against the Supreme Court’s recent upholding of the “papers please” provision in Arizona’s aggressive anti-immigration law, which critics said encourages racial profiling.
“Many of these students have been in this country their entire lives,” ceremony organizer Kiren Savage told The Huffington Post. “They are contributing members of society, of the community, and yet they don’t have a path to citizenship.”
Young protesters wore caps and gowns and carried signs reading “undocumented and unafraid,” “true Americans except on paper” and “stop deporting Dreamers.” Civil rights activist Angela Davis served as the keynote speaker.
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