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DACA recipients temporarily block Disneyland entrance as act of civil disobedience

Los Angeles Times logo Los Angeles Times 1/22/2018 Hailey Branson-Potts, Cindy Carcamo
a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd: ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017: Sleeping Beauty Castle looking down Main Street at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on June 30, 2017. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times) © Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017: Sleeping Beauty Castle looking down Main Street at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on June 30, 2017. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over their future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called Dreamers, stood in a crosswalk at South Harbor Boulevard around 10 a.m. and blocked buses from entering the Anaheim theme park. The 15 protesters were quickly removed by law enforcement officers and were relocated to a sidewalk, where they continued holding signs and chanting, “No dream! No deal!”

By 10:40 a.m. the protesters had left the area.

“The group is only about 20 people, who have been peaceful. Disneyland is operating as normal today,” said Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown in an email.

The government shutdown began at 12:01 a.m. EST Saturday when Democrats in the Senate, joined by a handful of Republicans, blocked a House-passed bill to temporarily fund the government for four weeks.

Democrats and Republicans are at a stalemate over several issues, especially the future of the DACA program, which protects nearly 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Senate leaders on Monday morning reached an agreement to end the shutdown by passing a stopgap spending bill and committing to tackle the issue of immigraiton before the next deadline, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said Monday.

Activists with the #OurDream coalition — a group of immigrants’ rights organizations — say their protest was meant to pressure Congress to not pass a spending bill until the Dreamers are protected. They said they were tired of “unfulfilled promises” by legislators to settle the matter.

“Congress members shouldn’t recklessly gamble with the lives of undocumented youth,” Dafne S., a Los Angeles DACA recipient, said in a statement. “The vast majority of the American public supports the DREAM Act without anything in exchange. We will not stand by while members of our community are forced deeper into the shadows.”

Claudia Treminio, a Los Angeles DACA recipient, called the stalemate a “wasteful attempt to appease Trump’s racist base” and a “way to bankroll his corporate backers.”

“We will not stay silent as President Trump and members of Congress use us as bargaining chips to build a border wall,” she said.

hailey.branson@latimes.com

Twitter: @haileybranson

​​​​​​​cindy.carcamo@latimes.com

Twitter: @thecindycarcamo​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

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