‘How spineless can you be?’ Immigration rights advocates rally outside Schumer’s Park Slope home

Refugees welcome: Protesters chanted outside Chuck Schumer’s house on July 2 to call for better conditions for migrants on the U.S. southern border.
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Hundreds of demonstrators rallied outside of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Park Slope home on July 2 to call for an end to “inhumane” conditions along the country’s southern border.

Protesters blasted the Senate Minority Leader for what they described as his failure to resist President Donald Trump’s policies of detaining migrants in overcrowded detention centers.

“This is a humanitarian crisis. This is a disgrace,” said Romy Ruman. “These are concentration camps. We can’t allow Trump to win. We have to get our elected leaders to shut this down.”

Demonstrators took specific issue with the senator’s support for a recently passed $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package — which the Senate approved by a 84-to-eight margin on June 26 — claiming Democratic lawmakers failed to guarantee the funds will be used to improve conditions within the border camps.

“It’s a joke. How spineless can you be?” said Marisa Joel-Klein. “These old-school Democrats need to learn a lesson. There’s no more normal. It is not a time for compromise and singing Kumbaya. They’re throwing children in cages, and if these old-school Democrats won’t act, we’re going to vote them out.”

The activists carried signs and chanted across the street from Schumer’s Prospect Park West residence until 7 p.m., when assembled police officers broke up the demonstration because they lacked proper noise permits.

Still, the protesters hoped they got their message across to the Senator.

“I don’t know if he’s listening, but he should, because we’re not going anywhere,” said Megan Casey.

Schumer praised his own detractors for drawing attention to the situation at the border, according to a spokesman, who defended the lawmaker’s record on immigrant rights, which includes a bill he introduced in 2013 that would have provided a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. That effort passed the Senate by a strong 68-to-32 margin, but was killed by Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.

“Sen. Schumer is deeply concerned with the unacceptable conditions at the border caused by Trump’s callous policies and commends New Yorkers who are raising awareness about it,” said Angelo Roefaro.

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Updated 3:43 pm, July 3, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro says:
They’re not refugees!!!! If you have no border and you give away free stuff and don’t even deport those that commit crimes then the entire world will take notice and want to come here, courtesy of the American taxpayer! Millions upon millions will be pouring in from all over the world if the Dems are in control and completely open the borders. No country in the world allows this, not even the hellhole countries allow just anybody in, even those with money. You cannot reason with these emotionally unstable ‘liberal’ protesters/baristas.
July 3, 2019, 3:24 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
It’s about time the advocates for the illegals focus their ire on Democrats that sell them a false bill of goods.
July 3, 2019, 4:19 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
The real problem is Ideological purity,without regard to whether,it is the Ideological-purity of the Left-wing;or the Ideological-purity,of the Right-wing. The both will gladly tolerate,humankinds unnecessarily getting hurt,or even some needless dying;just to get their damn way. Anyone,who just thinks it's Trump,and the most extremists(DC) Republicans;be acting this way-are sadly stupid. Or more likely,they're as inherently dishonest,as you know who?
July 3, 2019, 5:40 pm
Marcus from Aurelius says:
Weak borders contributed to the fall of Rome. If we are not careful, history will repeat.
July 3, 2019, 6:44 pm
Chastity from Beooklyn says:
The people are being detained because they entered the country illegally. The authorities are trying to provide shelter to them until they can be returned or have a hearing. The more people that illegally cross the border, the worse the situation will become. It is not the fault of the politicians, but of the people coming over without regard to our laws.
July 3, 2019, 7:48 pm
Bob says:
Call your congress member and senators and tell them what real people think as opposed to shills.
July 3, 2019, 8:01 pm
Martha from Carroll Gardens says:
Entering the country seeking asylum in legal.
July 3, 2019, 11:56 pm
Vasant from Kings County says:
Ship all to China, Russia, Soudi Arabia, Brazil, Kuwait, etc....
July 4, 2019, 12:38 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
These people broke into the detention camps. They could be fee range refugees on the other side of the Mexican side of the border.
July 4, 2019, 11:11 am
Mike from Bensonhurst says:
Easy to talk about. But how do you handle 100,000 people crossing the border each month. The people protesting in this article live in New York. It’s easy to complain when you are a thousand miles from the problem. Let 4,000 immigrants illegally cross the Brooklyn bridge into Manhattan each day and then I would like to see what the demonstrators would do. Probably be in Schumer’s yard screaming why he is not stopping the invasion.
July 4, 2019, 11:48 am
Yuri Dikulous says:
I am going to try to claim refugee status in Dubai. I hope they have nutty radical leftists there who will assist me with my ‘human rights’. I want to live in a shiny new tower. I will be coming with my boyfriend. I hope they are not homophobic.
July 4, 2019, 7:15 pm
Hellen from Park Slope says:
I agree with them - what is he doing to keep these dangerous people out of our country? How did they get here in the first place? Maybe we need a bigger wall, or to cover the border with tar that they will get stuck in.
July 5, 2019, 2:30 am
Hermione from Cobble Hill says:
If these people want to, they can pay for the immigrants. But no, they expect someone else to. They feel so superior and justified, but it’s not generosity if you’re throwing around somebody else’s money.
July 5, 2019, 7:15 am
Tamashwa Jenkins from Flatbush says:
What exactly makes some people “immigrants” and others “Caucasians”?!?! We’re just human beans!!
July 5, 2019, 8:10 am
Rufus Leakng from BH says:
What makes them "immigrants" They are not, they are illegal aliens, but the language has been so corrupted people think they can compare them to the legal immigrants who landed on Ellis Island. Those people could not be a public charge or they would be sent back. But the black voices of opposition should be the loudest, they are the ones getting screwed out of a living wage and jobs by the newly arrived.
July 5, 2019, 9:45 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
@ Tamashwa Jenkins; I prefer the term "self-aware ambulatory legume" over "bean"
July 5, 2019, 9:52 am
Mi Pinga says:
Language check: Migrant = illegal alien Planned Parenthood = abortion factory Democrat - Marxist/Fascist Open Borders - You cannot be serious
July 5, 2019, 9:18 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆So many rotten people in Brooklyn.⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ A sad time for humanity.
July 8, 2019, 10:20 am

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