Local officials arrested at Trump Tower DACA protest

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was arrested Tuesday while protesting outside of Trump Tower.

She was among a crowd of elected officials and activists speaking out against President Trump’s threat to roll back the protections for some 800,000 undocumented immigrants.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat was also arrested.

Demonstrators lined the streets of 5th avenue, pressuring Congress to pass the DREAM act and extend protections for immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA.

The Obama-era policy allows those brought to the county as children to stay legally.

Organizers say they wanted to send a message to Trump while he’s in town.

“It’s a larger issue of standing up with other elected officials and national leaders to say that the path that this administration is going on is counter to what the majority want to see happen,” Mark-Viverito said.

Viverito and Espaillat will likely be charged with disorderly conduct.

The immigration advocacy group Make the Road New York organized today’s march.

Source: NY1.com

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