NEW YORK : Anti-Donald Trump protesters marching for a fifth straight day were energized Sunday by the president-elect’s announcement that he will deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants from the United States, with perhaps more to come.
Throngs of people supporting immigrant rights joined the protest marches, which began in New York City on Sunday largely due to Trump’s presidential win, but the focus was on his immigration plans. Demonstrators were holding placards inscribed with slogans in English and Spanish, “Hate won’t make us great.” They’re chanting, “We are here to stay.”
Organizers have said they’re speaking out against Trump’s support of deportation and other measures. His crude comments about women during the campaign, along with allegations from some women that Trump inappropriately molested them, are among the issues that have infuriated the protesters. Many also decry remarks made against Muslims; others fear Trump will tear up environmental protection regulations and appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn laws protecting gays and abortion rights.
Many of the protesters say they will keep marching right up until Trump’s inauguration on January 20. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that Trump deserves people to treat him with an open mind. The areas surrounding the president-elect’s New York City’s home has become like a fortress, with the Secret Service and the New York Police Department (NYPD) going to extremes to protect the future president, CBS New York reported.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s most reliable surrogates, said protesters around the nation are exaggerating the fear of a Trump presidency. The former New York City mayor said he wishes that Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama would say something to the protesters. “I just hope it calms down,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week.” Giuliani said the protesters should respect the democratic process and calls them “kind of like professional protesters.”
Mostly, the demonstrations were peaceful. However, in Portland, Oregon, a man was shot and wounded Saturday morning during a confrontation. According to media reports Police arrested two teenagers. Police in Portland say they arrested a total of 71 people late Saturday and early Sunday during the anti-Donald Trump protests downtown.
In a news release Sunday, the Portland Police Bureau said the protesters failed to obey numerous lawful orders to vacate city streets. Most were cited for disorderly conduct and failing to obey an officer. The bureau called in a public transit bus to transport the arrested to the central police precinct for processing. Police said protesters repeatedly threw road flares and bottles at officers and that a police sport-utility vehicle was tagged with graffiti. -APP