NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Forty-seven people have been arrested in New York City during a massive rally against US President Donald Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson John Grimpel told Sputnik on Wednesday.
"Total 47 [people] arrested," Grimpel said. "Fourty-six [arrested for] disorderly conduct, [one for] graffiti."
Photos: Protesters rallying now in New York City against Trump decision to end DACA pic.twitter.com/VqpBkoetS6— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) 5 сентября 2017 г.
On Tuesday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the DACA program, which allowed temporary legal status to individuals that were brought in the United States illegally as children. Sessions said the termination will be implemented with a six-month delay in order to give the US Congress a chance to enact legislation that would grant legal resident status to the children of undocumented immigrants.
According to New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steven Choi, DACA termination will strip the US economy of $460 billion in GDP.
"America will not be safer or richer by depriving nearly one million young people of their liberty, tearing away 700,000 workers from our labor force or robbing the US economy of $460 billion in GDP," Choi told Sputnik.
"[The decision] flies in the face of the principles that truly make America great: opportunity and justice for all," Choi said.
In August, nearly 1,500 US economists sent a letter to Trump stating that the US economy benefits from immigrants. The economists argued that without healthy inflow of immigrants, the US labor force would soon be in decline, while manufacturing, agriculture, construction and the high-tech sectors are expected to suffer most acute worker shortages.
Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, established the DACA program via an executive order in 2012, allowing immigrants who entered the country illegally as minors to receive renewable two-year deferrals on deportation proceedings, as well as permits to work in the United States.