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DACA advocates rally outside Schumer’s NYC home

Greg Nash

Protesters rallied outside Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) New York City home on Tuesday after the top Democrat backed a deal to end the government shutdown a day earlier.

Demonstrators appeared at the Park Slope, Brooklyn, building to push the senator for a legislative solution for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump ended last year.

The program provided a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work permission, to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, commonly called “Dreamers.”

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Photos and videos of the protest showed demonstrators holding signs bearing slogans such as “DREAM Act now,” a reference to proposed legislation that would enshrine DACA’s protections into law.

Schumer led Senate Democrats last week in forcing a government shutdown by refusing support for a spending measure unless it addressed protections for Dreamers.

But, less than three days into the shutdown, Schumer and several other Senate Democrats agreed to a spending deal they had previously rejected, so long as Republicans agreed to consider an immigration measure in the coming weeks.

While the move may have helped end the shutdown, many liberals and immigrant advocacy groups decried what they deemed as Democrats’ capitulation to political pressure from Republicans and a setback in their push for lawmakers to address protections for Dreamers.

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