0722 GMT January 18, 2018
It was one of a string of demonstrations nationwide — including in Washington, DC, Boston, and Oakland, Calif., in protest against the US administration’s decision to end the program protecting immigrants who were brought to the US illegally by their parents.
At least 3,000 protesters gathered across the street from the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Columbus Circle, chanting and holding signs that read, “Legalize liberty,” and “Keep the dreamers, deport the racists,” New York Post reported.
According to AP, the protesters on Saturday waved signs that read “No one is illegal” and “Immigrants Welcome,” and chanted “Deport Donald Trump,” and “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced the end of an administrative order initiated by former president Barack Obama that allows some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay.
Many of those attending the rally said they have benefited from the program, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Under DACA, nearly 800,000 immigrant youths, also called the “Dreamers,” brought to the US by their undocumented parents, gained protection by enrolling in the system enabling them to attend school as well as receive and renew work permits every two years.
First legal effort
The country has seen a number of protests led by immigrant rights groups since Trump announced his plan to scrap the program.
The Trump administration has pressed to phase out the program by allowing the current permits to expire and issue new permit requests that have already been submitted on a case-by-case basis. The program is expected to be stalled for six months to allow Congress time to weigh in to address the status of the law.
The University of California is suing the Trump administration over the repeal of the DACA program, saying it unconstitutionally violates their rights on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim,” teleSUR reported.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday and is the first legal effort by a university to block the decision.