On Wednesday, thousands of protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to protest Donald Trump’s actions on immigration.
‘New Yorkers are rallying right now in support of immigrant and Muslim rights in Washington Square Park’
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 25, 2017
The New York Daily News reported that the rally was organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In addition to the thousands of activists who were there, several politicians arrived to show their support for the effort and declare that New York would remain a sanctuary city despite President Trump’s threats.
On Wednesday, the president announced that he would move forward with his Mexican border wall as well as his plan to restrict immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority nations. As part of his anti-immigration measures, he has pledged to cut funding from various sanctuary cities, including his home city of New York, if they do not support his efforts.
Based on the response from various politicians and activists, it’s clear that New York does not intend to comply with Trump’s orders. City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lent her voice to the movement, saying, “I’m here to say I add my voice to the resistance.”
Mayor de Blasio did not attend the rally, however, Kavita Pawria-Sanchez, the assistant commissioner of the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs, was there and said the mayor supported their efforts.
‘We are so proud to stand beside you in this fight for over 3 million immigrant New Yorkers. We know that New York is the city that has perhaps the largest Muslim population in the entire country. What happened today was an absolute disgrace to our values as a city, community, and country.’
Public Advocate Letitia James compared the Trump-resistance protests to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
‘This is the struggle of all Americans. We’ve got to join hands and protect the marginalized community and vulnerable communities — just as we protected African-Americans in the ’60s, we’ve got to protect those who they’re coming after.
We’ve got to stand up to an administration that is too male, too pale and too stale.’
Even prior to taking office, Trump’s administration was rocked by protests and marches. His recent actions on immigration have done nothing to slow things down. If Trump continues down this path, he could be in for a very frustrating four years.
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