Protesters in New York City rallied against President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program by effectively closing the famed Brooklyn Bridge.
The protests started in Foley Square, but around 7 p.m. hundreds of them began marching across the historic bridge.
“We’re shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge to #defendDACA!” the New York Immigration Coalition tweeted, as if inconveniencing thousands of people is a smart way to get them on your side.
— NYIC (@thenyic) September 5, 2017
Of the thousands of protesters who demonstrated on Tuesday, at least 47 were apprehended, NBC New York reported.
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“The people united will never be defeated.” Protesters of the White House’s decision on the DACA program marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. pic.twitter.com/SPcOX0Y3h6
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But hours before the bridge was commandeered, hundreds of protesters, that included illegal immigrants and advocates, marched to Trump Tower chanting “undocumented — unafraid.” Some chose to sit in the street and impede traffic, prompting their arrests.
By the day’s end, at least three dozen protesters were apprehended.
— Luis Ferré-Sadurní (@luisferre) September 5, 2017
The arrestees included city council member Ydanis Rodriguez, who tweeted, “Just been arrested fighting for our undocumented brothers and sisters near Foley Sq. We stand united behind them and their quest for justice.”
Just been arrested fighting for our undocumented brothers and sisters near Foley Sq. We stand united behind them and their quest for justice pic.twitter.com/Vw91O7WaCb
— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) September 5, 2017
The New York Police Department said that those arrested won’t have to be fingerprinted if they willingly provide information to the police.
That works out for those who are DACA recipients because no fingerprints means that the arrest information does not have to be sent to immigration authorities, NBC New York reported.
The office of progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that fingerprints would not be taken and that arrestees would be ticketed and released in order to avoid alerting immigration authorities, according to NBC New York.
“We’re going to have to figure out ways of how we’re going to continue supporting ourselves, and continuing to give back to the economy of this country,” Sarai Bravo, a 24-year-old from Mexico said. “That’s the only thing we want to do, we’re Americans, we went to college, gotten great jobs, and all we want to do is contribute back to this country we call home.”
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