DACA announcement sparks protests nationwide, dozens arrested at Trump Tower
NEW YORK-Dozens of protesters were arrested in front of Trump Tower in New York in one of many nationwide protests after Tuesday’s announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, five years after it was introduced.
A total of 34 people have been arrested, according to the New York Police Department. No injuries to protesters or police officers have been reported, and the crowd has thinned since it started.
If protesters were cooperative and turned over their personal information to police, including name, address and date of birth, they were given a special ticket and were not fingerprinted, officials said; those who refused to turn over their personal information were fingerprinted.
A number of the chants at Trump Tower directly called out DACA, with some protesters shouting "When DACA is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!"
The demonstrations started shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA is being rescinded.
The program protects young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. Since the program’s initiation in 2012 by the Obama administration, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have been granted protection under DACA.