DACA supporters rally outside Trump Tower to decry uncertain future of program (Daily News)
BYLAURA DIMON, DENIS SLATTERY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against President Donald Trump during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Dozens of DACA protesters gathered outside Trump Tower in Midtown on Thursday, rallying against the uncertain future of the program.
The demonstration against President Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was organized by the Asian American Federation.
“I’m here because I think it’s really important for Asian Pacific Americans to show solidarity for immigrant communities to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation,” said law school graduate Michelle Lee, 25, who lives in Manhattan.
Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration near Trump Tower in New York. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Thursday was the deadline for those protected from deportation by the program to apply for renewal.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) — joined by City Controller Scott Stringer and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — offered words of encouragement to the crowd.
“Ending DACA would be devastating for our country and economy,” Meng said. “It will literally rip our families apart. Do not give up the fight. People’s lives depend on us.”
Thursday was the deadline for those protected from deportation by the program to apply for renewal. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)