Three protesters were arrested Wednesday outside Chuck Schumer’s Manhattan office where demonstrators were trying to hold the senator’s feet to the fire over a spending bill intrinsically linked to an effort to restore protections for undocumented youth.
Cops said two women and one man were arrested at about 12:30 p.m. outside Schumer’s Third Avenue office in Midtown.
The charges against them were not immediately available.
They were among a throng of demonstrators who gathered on the East Side to call on Schumer to vote against a spending bill unless it includes a deal on the so-called Dream Act. which would restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has provided deportation to undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children.
Sen. Schumer (D-NY) speaks at a press confernce on Dec. 13, 2017.
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If the Dream Act is not passed by Friday, more than 800,000 undocumented young people will remain at risk of losing their protected status and being deported. Government funding expires on the same day, but Republicans cannot pass a new spending bill without Democratic votes.
“Democrats, just like Republicans, will be held accountable in the ballot box in 2018 if they do not back the Dream Act,” said Yesenia Mata, political director of the Dream Action Coalition, which sponsored the Schumer protest.
If the Dream Act is not passed by Friday, more than 800,000 undocumented young people will remain at risk of losing their protected status and being deported.
Schumer the Democratic Senate leader, didn’t explicitly threaten to withhold votes from the funding bill without a deal on DACA, but he warned that a shutdown could be in the offing without a compromise.
“What leads to problems in this place, what leads to a government shutdown? One side deciding everything and then saying to the other side, ‘You must go along,'” Schumer said.
Meanwhile, in Washington, U.S. Capitol Police arrested 82 people at a DACA sit-in protest on Capitol Hill.