Hudson Valley residents make their voices heard in the fight for immigrant rights to make sure undocumented immigrants won’t get deported after Donald Trump takes office in January. Candace Dunkley has more from Kingston.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Dozens of people joined together in Kingston Sunday to rally for undocumented immigrants in New York. It’s a personal cause for Alfredo Pacheco. He moved to the Hudson Valley 27 years ago from Puebla Mexico when he was just 15, to escape poverty.
“There were days you were like ‘am I going to have a plate of dinner on my plate today?’” he said.
Pacheco said because he came to the U-S illegally, he has had a lot of trouble trying to become a citizen as an adult. Now he’s afraid President Elect Donald Trump will fulfill his promise to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants when he takes office.
Pacheco joined dozens of people at a rally in Kingston Sunday in honor of International Migrants Day.
Protestors called on New Yorkers to help prevent the creation of a Muslim registry, support refugee resettlement and protect federal programs that keep undocumented immigrants from being deported, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA.
“So that program currently allows young people who meet the requirements, educational requirements to be able to work in this country with a work permit, “said Worker Rights Advocate for Worker Justice Center of NY Emma Kreyche. “And essentially is a promise that they won’t be deported.”
Local leaders said there are things that can be done to make sure undocumented immigrants know they are welcome in Kingston.
“That our police department our fire department all of our different departments here in the city are here to help and to serve and that immigration status is not something we ask when we come to help someone,” said Noble.
Pacheco hopes his community of Goshen will follow Kingston’s lead.
“I think it’s time to lose the fear and that we are here. We are not doing anything wrong. We’re just trying to survive here,” he said.