#DependenceDay: Immigrant Rights Activists Disrupt Austin Independence Day Parade

#DependenceDay: Immigrant Rights Activists Disrupt Austin Independence Day Parade

The action comes in response to the SB4 “show me your papers” law, as well as last week’s letter calling for the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

Dozens of immigrant activists and supporters disrupted the Austin Independence Day Parade to highlight that the state of Texas depends on immigrants. This July 4th, while many families are celebrating with fireworks and barbeques, many immigrant families will be staying home due to the racist and anti-immigrant policies that have created widespread fear in our communities.

“Texas is my home and while some might want us to leave this state, or stay locked in our homes because we are too afraid to leave the house, I am going to stay and fight back,” said Berzabeth Valdez, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha. “We work in Texas’ factories and stores, in its fields and restaurants; our hands provide food to its tables, build its homes, and sustain this state’s economy. I am going to fight for my home, and for this state to recognize that immigrants deserve dignity and respect.”