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1:57 p.m. update: Yeisson Alvarado, a 15-year-old student at Lanier High School, said he missed school to protest because his mother is an immigrant who came from Honduras while she was pregnant with him.
“She sacrificed a lot so that I could have a better life,” Alvarado said.
Alvarado said that when President Donald Trump was elected it felt unreal, but now that people have been detained, he has realized how serious things are.
“To all my immigrants out there, be safe,” he said.
Davis Ogbedie, 16, said that although he was missing school at Lanier on Friday, it was worth every second of it. Ogbedie said he also attended a similar protest on Monday because he has personally seen people affected by the recent arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We want the ICE raids to stop because they’re ruining families. It’s sad and unfair to see families get broken apart,” Ogbedie said. “We might not change the law, but we’re standing up for ourselves and making a point.”
Ogbedie said there are students from high schools in Austin and Pflugerville and they plan to stay outside demonstrating all day Friday.
12:35 p.m. update: A group of about 30 high school students from across the city have gathered in North Austin to protest recent arrests by federal immigration agents.
The number of protesters has grown in the past hour, as demonstrators chanted “we are the movement.”
Cars driving past the corner of Rundberg Lane and Lamar Boulevard have been honking their horns in support.
The students are passing out cards with advice for how to deal with immigration officers.
Earlier: A small group of high school students have gathered in North Austin to protest recent arrests by federal immigration agents.
About 15 to 20 teenagers assembled at the corner of Rundberg Lane and Lamar Boulevard carried signs that read “Keep Families Together” and “Blacks, Hispanics, Whites Unite Together.”