You are reading

Hundreds march in Jackson Heights Thursday to protest Trump’s DACA decision

Sept. 8, 2017 By Tara Law

Hundreds of immigrants and their allies marched through in Jackson Heights on Thursday evening calling for the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

DACA was implemented as an executive order by President Barack Obama to shield undocumented immigrants who arrived as children from deportation. On Sep 5, President Donald Trump announced that the program would end in six months. Queens has the most undocumented immigrants among the New York City boroughs— 232,000, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

The march was organized by Make the Road New York, a Latino civic organization.

Although many people were Latino, the crowd was very diverse, reflecting the variety of New Yorkers who have benefited from DACA and/or oppose its revocation.

Nayim Islam, 25, a resident of Jackson Heights and immigrant from Bangladesh, said that he was approved by DACA in 2013. He said that part of what made the implementation of DACA meaningful to him was that undocumented immigrants themselves had fought for its passage.

“It showed we don’t have to sit silently,” he said. He said that he was afraid that DACA had exposed everyone who had applied to the program and their families, since the government has all their personal information. He said he does not trust the Trump administration with that information, and nervous that it will draw on it.

“I don’t think we can trust this administration to protect our community in any manner,” he said.

Chris Lehman said that he was marching with his daughter, Tahlya, 10, in part because his wife is a second-generation immigrant from Ecuador. He added that the family has protested regularly since the presidential election.

“We’re always coming out for any cause that pits Americans against Americans,” he said.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

Get behind our president already. I had to when Obama was elected even though I didn’t vote for him. People should pull together for a better America. Trump has good ideas. He wants to make the country great again like it was years ago. It starts here


Obama and Trump do not make the laws. Only Congress can make laws. Joe, Danny and Jimmy KNOW that when push comes to shove, illegal means illegal. They know who votes for them and who pays their salaries. (Or they should) Let the people of the United States vote. If our politicians do not enforce our laws what kind of a country do we have. If you do not like the laws VOTE to change them! But, the laws on the books, must be enforced.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Met Council leader warns of ‘catastrophe’ for low-income families in Queens due to lack of pandemic-era federal food aid

Mar. 28, 2023 By Bill Parry

As an accomplished legislator, law professor and media personality with broad experience in government and not-for-profit organizations, Met Council CEO and executive director David Greenfield is well aware of the power of words. With Passover arriving on Wednesday, April 5, and with federal pandemic food assistance no longer available to low-income families in Queens, the leader of the nation’s largest Jewish charity organization warned of a coming “catastrophe” and called for the city to step up to provide $13 million in emergency funding for pantries to help New Yorkers facing food insecurity and elevated costs of living in the borough.

Pair of Queens community organizations will activate public spaces to celebrate local cultures

Two Queens community organizations are among an inaugural cohort of five groups citywide that will lead new projects to celebrate local cultures and histories in public spaces under a new initiative called The Local Center in a partnership between Urban Design Forum and the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD).

At a time when New York is grappling with an uneven pandemic recovery and as displacement looms large for communities and neighborhoods across the five boroughs, this new endeavor will convene interdisciplinary teams to transform and activate the shared spaces where cultural traditions flourish — and importantly, center the community visions and leadership that is too often left out of the process.