Recipients of the embattled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other sympathizers took to the streets outside of the Brooklyn home of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday night to express their anger at his inability to secure amnesty for the hundreds of thousands of so-called “Dreamers.”
“If Chuck won’t let us Dream, we won’t let him sleep!” protesters chanted at the demonstration, which was reportedly arranged via Facebook on a page called “Our Lives Are On The Line, Chuck.”
If Chuck won’t let us Dream, we won’t let him sleep! Powerful chorus at @SenSchumer’s house demanding a clean #DreamActNow! @UNITEDWEDREAM @MaketheRoadNY pic.twitter.com/lPvR5Vqzn4
— Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) January 23, 2018
Roughly 75 people turned out to the protest, with participants holding signs that read “Clean Dream Act Now” and “No! Not One More Deportation!” News Observer reported.
“We sent him to Washington to defend our democratic values and he sold out,” Rebecca Coyle told the outlet. “He gets frightened every time he gets a little pushback.”
Schumer has weathered the brunt of the blame for the 72-hour government shutdown that kicked off last Friday but ended abruptly on Monday. The Democrats painted the shutdown as their party drawing a line in the sand when it comes to demanding protections for young immigrants, but Schumer’s quick capitulation was seen as a sizable victory for the Trump administration’s anti-amnesty approach.
Another attendee, Ali Garvey, said that her father’s deportation 35 years ago has given her an insight into the plight facing her friends.
“The healing doesn’t happen overnight and there are a lot of politicians who are going to have to answer for what they did,” she said.