PALMDALE — More than 300 people marched some 12 kilometers (seven-and-a-half miles) with Salva, on Saturday morning, in the March for Respect, aligned with the 60-day deadline from an Oct. 12 Department of Homeland Security memorandum.
The participants, according to Salva, marched with the purpose of receiving a response to the memorandum and urge Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas to take immediate actions to address the human rights crisis faced by undocumented workers nationwide.
“We urge the Department of Homeland Security to ensure full protection of immigrant workers’ human rights in the forthcoming policy reviews pursuant to the (Oct. 12) memorandum,” Salva said.
The march started at Rep. Mike Garcia’s office on Avenue M-14 and concluded at the Salva office on Avenue S.
Salva and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network called on the Department of Homeland Security, President Joe Biden and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to take immediate actions to address the human rights crisis faced by undocumented workers nationwide. Specifically, they are advocating that the Biden administration defer deportation and provide work authorization for those who continue to work, those who have denounced workplace abuse.
“It went smooth with no incidents to report,” Salva said of the march. “Toward the end, we had a Christmas Posada. Individuals ended the march at our office location, who were then greeted by a live band, festive decor, hot chocolate and warm tamales.”
According to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the message was loud and clear:
“Every day that goes by without Mayorkas following through with his worksite memo and the lack of action on behalf of the Biden administration, workers will continue to face worksite abuse due to the lack of protections.
“We must keep this energy going to ensure that migrant workers are protected. Day Laborer organizations will continue to march 12 kilometers for the 12 million across the country.”