Hundreds of people from Milwaukee and Racine protested the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and a small group of them were arrested Monday after they sat in the middle of the Main and 6th streets.

President Donald Trump ended the program in September but after Monday youth in the program will start to lose protections in higher numbers.

In a Tweet, Trump blamed the Democrats: “It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!”

Students from Ronald Reagan High School, North Division High School and a number of other schools in Milwaukee marched in front of Horlick High School in an effort to get students to join them. About 165 Horlick High School students left school at 10:30 a.m. Monday to join the protest.

“Six months ago, I was going to apply for DACA, but then Trump took that chance away from me and millions of others. Now many of my friends and neighbors are losing their protections. Monday is a national day of action, and thousands of people around the country will stand in support of immigrant youth. We will tell Paul Ryan, enough is enough!

“My family, my friends and I deserve a permanent legislative solution that allows us to stay and continue to contribute to this place we call home. We need the clean Dream Act now.”

The intersection was blocked for over an hour as a number of protesters — including Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, both Democratic candidates for the 1st Congressional District — were arrested for sitting in the middle of the intersection.

Bryce Tweeted: “Today, was arrested protesting outside of ‘s office demanding Congress pass a clean DREAM Act now.”

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.