Students, Latino Memphis take trip to Nashville to defend DACA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A little chatter and the sounds of sharpie markers filled the offices at Latino Memphis early Thursday afternoon.

Students and members hard at work making signs to show to Vice President Mike Pence as their motorcade rolled past them during his Nashville trip.

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“We are your voices,” said Miguel Garcia. “We are your constituents. We are a productive part of your society.”

Garcia is the son of immigrants from Mexico. He’s a Ridgeway High School graduate heading to Christian Brothers University this fall.

He’s also one of 40 high school and college students traveling to Nashville in defense of DACA, a program created by the Obama administration in 2012, which has granted work permits, ID and relief from deportation for nearly 800 thousand immigrants since 2012.

“Please don’t take away Deferred Action,” Garcia said. “This has given me my life.”

Pence is in Tennessee for the first time since the election. Nashville marks the VP’s first stop since returning from Europe earlier this week.

He is set to attend a fundraiser with Republican leaders.

While the group doesn’t expect to speak directly with Pence, they hope their voices will be heard, and inspire change – even as the motorcade rolls by.

The group will be back in Memphis early Friday morning.