Police were there for traffic control. (Sarcasm)
Via American Mirror:
A throng of illegal immigrants with “no papers” and “no fear” descended on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Newark, New Jersey on Monday to demand protections from deportation.
Less than 200 protesters gathered at Rutgers University in Newark and marched with a police escort to the ICE building on Broad Street, where they blocked traffic and paraded in front of the building with signs including “We are the future of America,” “Pass the Dream Act,” “stop racism now.” Many in the crowd also toted SEIU union placards.
The stunt, and several similar protests throughout New Jersey, took place on March 5, the deadline President Trump set for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was established by President Obama to shield certain illegal immigrants from deportation.
Trump set the deadline several months ahead to give Congress time to craft a solution for the roughly 700,000 illegal immigrants in the DACA program. That didn’t happen.
Maria Del Cielo Mendez, a DACA recipient from Plainfield, told NJ.com protestors were emboldened by recent court rulings that blocked the president’s move to end the program, which essentially nullified the deadline.
“Today, on March 5, is the day that Trump decided to wind down DACA. Obviously, the courts ruled in our favor and said you can’t do that, but we’re here to tell Congress that we still need protection,” she said, alleging “Dreamers are being deported every single day, our families are being ripped apart every single day.”
“March 5 is really the day that we’re fighting back.”
Protestors unfurled large banners with the hashtag #HereToStay and marched en masse to “tell the whole wild world this is Dreamer territory.”
Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor was one of several officials who spoke in support at the rally.
“We are putting a stake in the ground for what we’re supposed to stand for: E pluribus unum – out of many, one,” she said, quoting the U.S. motto.
Others were less focused on the unity.
“Come November, the American people will remember,” SEIU director Kevin Brown lectured to the crowd in Newark.