Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Event organizer Gabriela Garcia of Hood River addresses the crowd during Saturday's DACA rally at Overlook Park.
As of Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Photos by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Hugo Arias signs a petition in support of the DACA Act (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) at Saturday’s rally at Overlook Memorial Park, attended by 25 people.
The rally was staged “to let (U.S. Rep.) Greg Walden know we’re here and fighting for it,” said event organizer Gabriela Garcia of Hood River. Garcia, a Dreamer, said she hopes people will “educate themselves and continue to put pressure on Walden, that he has constituents who need his support. He has a large district and there is a lot of agriculture and a lot of immigrants who work in agriculture who need his support yet we haven’t heard anything from him.” DACA’s March 5 deadline came and went, suspended politically after the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear arguments on the case, a delay that could last as much as a year.
“So we have a little relief but we are still battling, wanting a permanent solution,” Garcia said. “I’m a Dreamer, so it affects me greatly,” said Arias, 34, who works as an instructional assistant, and arrived in the U.S. when he was 7, and has lived in the Gorge for six years.
“Those memories seem like dreams. That’s what it feels like. I have no real memories of living anywhere else (besides the U.S.). We hope for some actual change, not just a Band-Aid over another Band-Aid. This is a critical time.”