BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Four buses docking from Jackson Heights, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Brentwood were filled to full capacity at 5:30 a.m. Today to drive to Washington D.C. to call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act and permanent residency for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.
The demonstration comes in the wake of those previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fearing that they will lose their status following President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program. Make The Road NY, which has a location in Jackson Heights, is demanding that Congress vote to enable young undocumented immigrants who were protected by DACA to remain in the United States.
A spokesman for Make the Road NY said that immigrant communities in Long Island are in fear of leaving their home since ICE has arrested a number of immigrants that have no criminal record.
The demonstration taking place today is just one of many protests the organization has held this year pushing for DACA and security for immigrant communities.
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