"I'm here today because three previous courts have held up what President Donald Trump has done is wrong. I'm here to show my state representatives and politicians, my teachers, everyone around me that this is an important issue that this needs to be talked about in that this needs to be fixed."
3. Protesters in front of Supreme Court, one protester holding placard (English) "Stand up for immigration" (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
"I'm here today to fight for my community, for my parents, for my brother. I am here because I think it's important to create awareness and to show the SCOTUS. (Supreme Court of the United States) and Donald Trump that we're not going away anytime soon."
"If DACA is taken away my biggest fear is graduating college and not being able to pursue with a career that I want to do, because I need that Social Security number. I need that identification to be able to continue to work. And even after I graduate, I might have to go back to doing jobs that are under the table, going back to housekeeping, and I'll go. Those are very valuable jobs. And they pay for what we have to. There's more than that. I don't want to live in fear every single day. I don't want to count how much time I have left in this country. I want to feel comfortable. I want to thrive. I want to be successful. Be someone in life. And hopefully, if the U.S. lets me contribute."
10. Protester with bullhorn chanting "Undocumented", walks to crowd responding, "Unafraid" (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
"If it's not taken away, I mean, I'm going to continue what I'm doing. I'm going to continue my activism because DACA does give me protection from deportation. But even then, that's not enough. It's just a Band-Aid. Like I said, I'll never be a citizen. I'll never be able to vote. We need a pathway to citizenship. So even if DACA isn't taken away, we're not done there. The fight continues. This is just a temporary Band-Aid and we need more than that."
12. Line of protesters with DACA butterfly placards forming sign (English) "Here to stay" (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
DACA recipients and supporters protested at the United States Supreme Court Friday to demand the high court defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
The Washington protesters join others across the United States who object as US President Donald Trump has pledged to abolish DACA and prevent a pathway to citizenship for thousands of individuals who are in the U.S. unlawfully.
Georgetown University student Arisaid Gonzalez Porras who along with her brother Sergio also a Georgetown University student are undocumented DACA recipients. She told the Associated Press, "I'm here today to fight for my community, for my parents, for my brother. I am here because I think it's important to create awareness and to show the SCOTUS and Donald Trump that we're not going away anytime soon."
The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration's plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.
All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears arguments Tuesday. Roberts is the conservative justice closest to the court's center who also is keenly aware of public perceptions of an ideologically divided court.
It's the third time in three years that the administration is asking the justices to rescue a controversial policy that has been blocked by several lower courts.
Sergio Gonzalez Porras told reporters, "I'm here today because three previous courts have held up what President Donald Trump has done is wrong. I'm here to show my state representatives and politicians, my teachers, everyone around me that this is an important issue that this needs to be talked about and that this needs to be fixed."
The court sided with President Donald Trump in allowing him to enforce the travel ban on visitors from some majority Muslim countries, but it blocked the administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Roberts was the only member of the court in the majority both times, siding with four conservatives on the travel ban and four liberals in the census case. His vote could be decisive a third time, as well.
The DACA program before the court is an Obama-era program that aimed to bring out of the shadows people who have been in the U.S. since they were children and are in the country illegally. In some cases, they have no memory of any home other than the United States.
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