A couple of days before the Congressional election, Democratic candidate Vincent Gentile and Green Party candidate James Lane joined hundreds of people Sunday for a march in support of immigrant rights on the East Shore, according to a press release from Make the Road New York.
More than 300 immigrant workers, families and voters marched in the streets in New Dorp and Midland Beach in support of the president’s executive action and immigrants’ rights.
They want the two government relief programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), to begin, and shared why they are vital to the community.
Victorina Ramirez, a Make the Road New York member from Midland Beach who would qualify for DAPA, said in the release, “When my daughter was a baby I had to work 12-14 hours each day, but we still didn’t have enough in our refrigerator. I did not have papers, and was being paid so little. That is why I’m fighting, so that all the mothers in my position can obtain the papers that will give them good jobs and allow us to support our children.”
Make the Road New York was joined by New York Communities for Change, the Staten Island Community Job Center and the Staten Island Dream Coalition.
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