Advocates for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program took an intersection hostage near the Texas capitol this week which ended in 15 of them being arrested for obstructing a highway and being charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
Legal Insurrection reports that the protest was initially scheduled to be a crowded sit-in targeting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, but the few protesters that did show up instead chose to make the commute a little harder for the people of Austin.
In charge of the protest was radical leftist advocacy group Cosecha, which has a large presence across at least 20 states. However, maybe two dozen protesters were on hand. The ages of those arrested ranged from 20 to 42. They sat down in the intersection and blocked traffic. They chanted “sí se puede” and “undocumented and unafraid” while demanding “permanent protection.” Officers had a difficult time removing them, but within an hour, it fizzled out.
Still, Cosecha boasted of its participants, particularly those who take advantage of DACA:
“[This was] the first time undocumented youth participate[d] in a civil disobedience action since Trump took office. The four DACA recipients arrested yesterday in a civil disobedience action were released late Wednesday night. Eleven allies who participated in the action were released in the early hours of the morning, refusing to leave jail until they received confirmation that all four DACA recipients had been safely released.”
Legal Insurrection’s Kimberly Kaye noted: “The ‘safely released’ is a nice touch, as though they’d be dangerously released? In any case, we have another astroturfed prog group who fell spectacularly short of their protest promises for the books.”
“Maybe targeting Texas on immigration issues (where most Texans are unified) is not the best place to start. Maybe,” Kaye added.
Video of the failed protest is below: