New Yorkers gathered in rallies over the weekend to protest Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Approximately 40 foreign nationals in the greater New York area were detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids over the weekend, leaving New York’s immigrant communities shaken.
On Friday, Time to Resist Here, New York Communities for Change, and Make the Road New York co-organized an emergency rally in Foley Square, Manhattan—near the ICE government building—against Trump’s efforts to “terrorize” immigrant communities.
“Trump and his inner circle of white nationalists are deploying ICE raids across cities to deport hard-working immigrants. With growing fears that Trump will deport millions of undocumented immigrants, particularly in urban areas that do not strictly enforce immigration laws, we’re showing up to let them know: this will NOT happen in New York City under our watch,” organizers said.
Several hundred protesters showed up at Foley Square on Friday night, amid chants of “not one more” and “let them in”. There was a moderate police presence.
“It’s honestly a travesty what Donald Trump is doing to America—it’s against everything we stand for,” says Danny Farran, a 17-year-old student from Brooklyn. “We, in America, do not stand for prioritizing certain religions, prioritizing certain races, prioritizing certain ideologies…it’s really upsetting,” Farran said.
The ICE raids that are happening all across the country are “very worrisome”, adds Hollie Zegman, a demonstrator from Queens.
“I wanted to come out and show my support for the people being targeted, and the immigrant community in New York, especially the undocumented community, to show that they are not alone in what they’re going through, and there are a lot of people to stand up for them,” Zegman said.