Four people protesting President Trump’s immigration policies staged a sit-down protest and briefly blocked Thanksgiving Day Parade route before cops removed them Thursday. Protesters are young people who came into country undocumented, but were allowed to stay. President Trump ordered the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in October announced program would be canceled in March. Congress is now considering measure and debating whether it should be included in a pending budget bill. “We want permanent protection for undocumented youth, and more focus on the fact that all undocumented youth are suffering, whether they’re DACA or not” toldPiash Ahamed 26 years old a college student from Woodbridge, NJ. Protesters, dressed in red T-shirts, sat down in the middle of road on Central Park West at 70th St and were soon ushered off by police. They weren’t arrested, spokesman Roberto Juarez said. Barbara Hernandez, a 25 years old early childhood teacher, came all way from California to participate. “It was scary at the beginning. I was scared of being arrested, I was scared of losing my job, but once there, I felt empowered, having them with me, and knowing it wasn’t just for me, it was for everyone, not just the Dreamers, but all 11 million” Hernandez said. Hector Martinez 26 years old a Ditmas Park yoga teacher, said the aim was to draw attention to the young and hopeful immigrants. “What we’re trying to remind people is that they’re the ones who shape a Democracy, and it’s their voices that shape what the future is. Today was successful in that we were able to remind the immigrant community that they don’t have to live in fear. When you work together, you can change the way things are.”
Ahamed said they are planning to protest in Washington, DC, in December. “We want to put pressure on the legislators and the public, and make sure we’re not getting lost in this political nightmare.We want to make sure our voices are heard” he said.