500 students, Claremonters protest as Supreme Court considers overturning DACA

Carla Condori Bazan PZ ’20 addresses hundreds of people at a rally to support DACA on Tuesday. She told TSL in an interview that all the 5Cs should declare themselves “sanctuary colleges” (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)

As a Pomona College alumna in Washington D.C. stood in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday among the plaintiffs challenging President Donald Trump administration’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a group of 500 people gathered on the steps outside of Frary Dining Hall to stand in solidarity with undocumented and DACAmented students.

Some walked out of class. Others poured onto the steps from dining halls, administrative offices, faculty spaces and jobs in Claremont Village, joining the group of protesters in chants of “No DACA, no peace,” “sin papeles y sin miedo” (without papers and without fear) and “¡Abajo Trump!” (down with Trump).

Various student activists and professors from across the 5Cs led the protest from the top of the steps, flanked by signs reading “Home is here” and “Protect the Dream.”

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Pomona College professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and coordinator of Chicana/o Latina/o studies Gilda L. Ochoa speaks about the exploitation of immigrants in America. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College associate professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a transnational studies, held back tears while speaking about the mother of Pomona alumnus Cristian Padilla Romero PO ’19 who is currently being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Student organizer Esteban Mogollon PZ ’22 led chants during the rally. Some included “que vivan los estudiantes,” “abajo Trump” and “sin papeles y sin miedo.” (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Rita Cano Alcala, Scripps College associate professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies and chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Chicanx-Latinx Studies, holds a sign that reads “Abolish Gestapo ICE.” (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
While the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case deciding the fate of DACA, the Claremont Colleges community gathered in solidarity with undocumented and DACAmented students. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Pitzer College professor emeritus of sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies José Z. Calderón spoke to a crowd gathered in support of DACA and in protest of President Donald Trump’s administration’s attempt to dismantle it. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr attended the protest Nov. 12. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Condori Bazan made her comments about sanctuary colleges to the rally audience. She made the comments in an interview with TSL. TSL regrets this error.
This article was last updated Nov. 13, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.


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