Students in the South Bay on Tuesday plan to rally around fellow classmates who are at risk of being booted from the United States.
Members of the Los Altos High School community plan to carry handmade signs and march to a nearby park in support of those benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. after their parents brought them to the country illegally.
President Donald Trump recently hinted that DACA might come to an end. While the fate of the program hangs in the balance, Los Altos High School students and teachers want DACA recipients in their community to know that they are supported.
"They're just super scared," student Briana Dedios said. "I feel like if they do open up, they're just going to cry or something, but they should know that that's OK, that we're someone they can lean on and that we're just going to be there through it all with them."
Students and staff plan to march to Eagle Park in Mountain view starting at 4 p.m. before a public rally slated to begin at 5 p.m.
"They need to know they have teachers and fellow students who support them and who are behind them and who don't want to see them go," teacher Kalinda Price said. "We want to support all the hard work that they've been doing over the years."
The organizers of the events include campus-based student organizations such as the Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity.
"The policies that are coming up are unjust and unfair, and we're not going to stand for it," teach Kalia Demarquez said.
Organizers said the march is not an official Los Altos High School event.