In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday the Trump administration decision to rescind the policy, which provides a legal avenue for undocumented residents that have lived in the United States despite illegal entries by their guardians.
A list of individuals provided by the Cambridge Police Department includes among those arrested were the Minister of Harvard’s Memorial Church Jonathan L. Walton, 80-year-old Professor Emeritus of Latin American History and Economics John Womack Jr., and members of the school’s history and humanities departments. Arrest logs and reports are among those records that become public record during protests and demonstrations.
According to student newspaper The Harvard Crimson, dozens of students at the University are DACA beneficiaries. The arrested parties will appear before a judge on Friday morning.
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