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Activists protest DACA decision with federal building projections

The same group previously turned Oakland’s Uptown Station into a canvas

Federal Building at Seventh and Mission in San Francisco. Photo by Ken Lund

Activist group Resistance San Francisco took to the San Francisco Federal Building on Tuesday evening to protest a White House decision on immigration policy.

The group came not with placards and banners but instead with a projector, turning the 18-story, Thom Mayne-designed edifice at Seventh and Mission into a huge canvas to protest the planned end of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DACA program shields certain undocumented residents from deportation, favoring those brought to the country illegally by their parents as children.

Images courtesy of Resistance SF

Instituted in 2012, DACA is relatively popular even with politicians and groups who usually favor stricter immigration enforcement.

“These are young people who were brought here at a tender age and who have grown up here, or are in the process of growing up here,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Politico earlier this year. “I’m very sympathetic to that situation.”

Nevertheless, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the program would end in six months, prompting immediate protests in San Francisco and other major cities.

“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here," Sessions told reporters.

A crowd rallied outside of the Federal Building in the afternoon, but after the sun went down and most of the protesters departed a few fired up the projector and turned the first story of the Mission Street side of the building into a forum for some very frank opinions about immigration and Donald Trump.

Resistance San Francisco also took credit for a similar display on the side of the then-plastic-shrouded Uptown Station building in Oakland last month.

The same very explicit slogan reappeared at the Federal Building Tuesday night.

“We’ve heard how in Germany the fascists gained their power by first coming for socialists, unionists, and Jewish people,” spokesperson Alan Marling said in a press release. “Now Donald is coming for Muslims, trans people, and Dreamers.”

The federal government’s DACA page says it will no longer accept new applications as of Tuesday. On the current timeline, the program will discontinue in March of 2018. What happens to DACA beneficiaries after that is unclear.

You can watch the full 37-minute display via Resistance SF’s Facebook feed: