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DACA in Disneyland: Demonstrators Block Entrance to Theme Park

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Disneyland California picture taken in August 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Ldionisio/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018 11:14 AM

DACA beneficiaries blocked a Disneyland vehicle entrance Monday in an attempt to pressure Congress to address the status of illegal immigrants brought into the country by their parents as children, KABC-TV reported.

Protesters shouted slogans as "What do we want? Clean Dream Act!" as they stood on Harbor Boulevard, the television station said. Protesters called the demonstration "civil disobedience" and a "public disruption," charging that the issue was being used as a bargaining chip in budget discussions in Washington, D.C., per KABC-TV.

Congress voted to end a three-day government shutdown Monday with a vote on those connected with the Obama Administration era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program still in limbo, Newsweek said.

The program, best known by its acronym DACA, offers undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children renewable two-year protection from deportation, Newsweek wrote. The Los Angeles Times wrote that nearly 800,000 are protected by the program.

"When I was 6 my mom told us we were going to Disneyland," protester Barbara Hernandez told KABC-TV. "Only we stayed here longer. Now, 21 years later, I am still dreaming of a magical place, a land of opportunities and freedom.

"DACA is that magical place for about 800,000 young immigrants in this country, and we will continue to fight for permanent protection here at home," she continued.

The Times reported that the about 15 protesters blocked buses from entering the theme park before they were removed by law enforcement officers and were relocated to a sidewalk. Disneyland officials told the newspaper that the protesters were gone by 10:40 a.m.

Last September, President Donald Trump announced that he would end DACA, with the administration saying the program is "unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court," Politico reported.

Trump had said that it was up to Congress to legalize the DACA program by March 5, Politico said.

While the Senate has agreed to talk about resolving the issue, which led to ending the government shutdown, House majority whip Steve Scalise said his chamber is under no such obligation, Newsweek said.

"We're not going to pass a bill that has amnesty," Scalise said, per Newsweek. "There are things that would anger our base that I don’t see us passing in the House."

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An entrance to Disneyland was temporarily blocked Monday by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) demonstrators seeking protection for illegal immigrants brought into the country by their parents as children.
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