Advocates Gather in Danbury to Educate Undocumented About Their Rights

DANBURY – Immigrant leaders gathered Sunday afternoon to empower and educate the undocumented community on their rights as part of a national Day of Action.

Several advocacy organizations, including CT Students for a Dream, Frente Unido de Immigrantes Equatorianos, Make The Road NY and United We Dream, held the event at the Ecuadorian Civic Center.

Nearly 50 cities across the country, including Stamford, held Day of Action events to protest the policies of President-Elect Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration on Friday. About 45 Connecticut residents participated on a march on Washington on Saturday. More than 100 residents gathered in Danbury Saturday for a potluck organized by the newly formed Greater Danbury Justice Coalition to discuss the organization’s efforts to make the city a welcoming place.

Trump, at times, has said he plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico and deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

But Carolina Bortolleto, a Danbury resident and co-founder of CT Students for a Dream, an organization that advocates for undocumented youth and their families, said Sunday’s presentation was necessary, regardless of who sits in the White House.

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