DACA activists erect, then tear down, confederate statue of Jeff Sessions

On Wednesday, activists with the Latinx-rights group Mijente marched to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where they first erected, and then tore down a statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in confederate garb.

“Jeff Sessions is a living monument to the Confederacy,” Mijente director Marisa Franco said in a statement announcing the action.

The protest took place in response to the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program which protected hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people who arrived in the U.S. as children. The president had Sessions make the official announcement on behalf of the Department of Justice.

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Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: A mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before it is toppled in front of the Department of Justice during a protest against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, GLAHR, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Immigration activists pull a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they march to the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they march to the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they march to the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they march to the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is prepared before a rally outside the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as they march to the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists erected a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pull it down in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists kick a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they pulled it down in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Immigration activists pull down a statue of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after they erected it in front of the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., to protest President Trump's decision to end DACA, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Protesters gather around a toppled mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in front of the Department of Justice to demonstrate against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Genoveva Ramirez and her grandson Mariano Castellanos, 7, both of Chicago, Tomas Martinez of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and Antonia Lozano of Fayetteville, Georgia, pose next to a toppled mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in front of the Department of Justice while demonstrating against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, GLAHR, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: A plastic sheet keeps the rain off a mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before protesters topple it in front of the Department of Justice to demonstrate against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Genoveva Ramirez and her grandson Mariano Castellanos, 7, both of Chicago, and Antonia Lozano of Fayetteville, Georgia, pose next to a toppled mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in front of the Department of Justice while demonstrating against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, GLAHR, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Genoveva Ramirez and her grandson Mariano Castellanos, 7, both of Chicago, join fellow protesters in front of the Department of Justice to demonstrate against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: A mock statue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before it is toppled in front of the Department of Justice during a protest against the Trump Administration's decision to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by Mijente, GLAHR, Juntos, Organized Communities Against Deportations and United We Dream. Sessions blamed DACA, an Obama-era program which shielded about 800,000 immigrants who illegally arrived in the United States as children, for an increase in unauthorized immigration and for taking jobs away from Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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“Today we stand together with the 800,000 young people who will lose their status as a result of DACA’s termination as well as the 11 million undocumented immigrants who have watched this president unleash his deportation force upon them with impunity,” Franco said.

“We will not accept the criminalization of our community and we will push every person in an office of power to stand against it as well.”

Across the country activists have taken a stand against white supremacy by mobilizing to tear down confederate statues and other homages to confederate icons who fought against the U.S. in the civil war.

Mijentes’ Wednesday protest sought to draw a connection between the president’s DACA decision and the support his administration has received from white supremacists groups across the country.

“No Sessions, No KKK, no racist USA!” protesters chanted as they destroyed the ad hoc statue.

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