Hundreds of angry undocumented immigrants and advocates defiantly demonstrated at Trump Tower and in New York City Tuesday, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump administration is “winding down” the unconstitutional DACA program.
Demonstrators blocked traffic in front of the Manhattan tower and chanted, “Undocumented — unafraid!”
Via NBC New York:
Some sat in the middle of the street in front of Trump Tower, anticipating arrest, and were taken into police custody for blocking traffic. By the afternoon, nearly three dozen people had been arrested in front of Trump Tower in two different rounds of sit-ins; they were being processed at the 7th Precinct stationhouse and were expected to be issued desk tickets, according to NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan.
Some of the arrested are DACA recipients; the NYPD says the protesters arrested outside Trump Tower won’t have to be fingerprinted if they provide their information willingly — no fingerprints means no arrest information transmitted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We’re just so tired of it,” said Erika Andiola, one of the arrestees. “We are undocumented and unafraid, and we’re sitting here, all DACA recipients, to show Trump that we’re not going to be afraid of him — that we’re tired of him attacking us, and we’re going to continue to fight,” she said.