Six black civil rights activists, including women's march organizer Tamika D. Mallory, were arrested on Tuesday in front of the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan during a "Day of Action."
The demonstration took place in Washington, D.C., as they fought for a clean Dream Act to be passed for black immigrants.
In an exclusive op-ed Mallory published on Blavity Tuesday morning, just hours before her arrest, she wrote why she decided to join the fight for black immigrants.
"Black undocumented immigrants have been at the unfortunate intersection of the Trump Administration’s anti-black, Islamophobic and xenophobic agenda," she wrote. "The issues surrounding immigration do not only live within the Latinx, Muslim and Asian communities. We need to stop working in silos and change the narrative to be more inclusive, concentrating on ALL communities in need of our attention."
There are nearly 3.7 million black immigrants in the United States. Recently, President Donald Trump made racist remarks towards black immigrants saying that they are from "sh*thole countries." His views are obviously not true. Black immigrants have high rates of education and employment and 73 percent of black Immigrants are in the workforce.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, granted legal status to certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and went to school in America. In September 2017, Trump rejected the Obama-era policy, causing thousands of DREAMERS to live in uncertainty about their future. Originally, the deadline to decide the fate of the DACA program was March 5. However, on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the hearings, meaning DREAMERS can continue to renew their applications until the case has been settled, according to TIME.
Mallory and her supporters are calling for everyone to take action.
— Kyle O'Leary (@tkocreative) February 27, 2018
These brave activists and organizers are prepared to get arrested in solidarity #ForBlackImmigrants. @SpeakerRyan, we demand protection for black undocumented immigrants. We demand a #DreamActNow. We demand Congress acts now to #SaveTPS. pic.twitter.com/sCxq5CJP8i
— Women's March (@womensmarch) February 27, 2018
CALL PAUL RYAN: Tell him you demand a clean #DreamActNow that includes a permanent solution for TPS holders & Diversity Visa & DED programs #ForBlackImmigrants.
(202) 255-3031 pic.twitter.com/rK5l78mff7
— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) February 27, 2018