New Yorkers protest end of DACA, at home and in DC

By Michael Herzenberg

Several New Yorkers are speaking out about President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program for undocumented immigrants known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or DACA.

The NYPD says 34 people were arrested in connection with protests at Trump Tower.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says a group of 12 protesters sat in the street and blocked traffic. Those protesters were among the ones arrested.

Approximately 300 protesters were out at Trump Tower, according to the mayor.

Even before the official announcement, crowds of undocumented immigrants packed into buses in Queens and took off for Washington to protest.

Those that stayed behind watched Sessions’ announcement together at the headquarters of “Make the Road New York,” a non-profit that advocates for immigrants.

Those we spoke with are expressing concerns about their future in the United States.

“This is the country that I have known for 12 years now,” said DACA recipient Ricardo Aca. “I’ve contributed to the economy of this country. I’m trying to do things to make this place a better place and Trump trying to put DACA decision on the hands of Congress that just sends the biggest attack on undocumented youth that he does not want us here.”

30,000 to 40,000 residents in the city are registered with DACA.

Make the Road New York says it will work with Congress to get the Dreamers Act passed.

But it’s also threatening to take legal action against the Trump administration.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.