As Donald Trump was in Mexico meeting with Mexican President Peña Nieto in a private sit-down, eight protestors were arrested for blocking both the entrance and the revolving door to Trump Tower in Midtown.
The protesting group of two dozen, most wearing “Cosecha” tee-shirt, were led by an illegal immigration advocacy group called Movimiento Cosecha (Harvest Movement). The group descended to Trump Tower planned on Facebook to protest “the symbol of economic success for Donald Trump” build by illegal immigrants.
Those who were not chained in front of the building entrance were standing outside the barricade sidewalk, chanting “This tower was built by us, this country depends on us.”
According to the group spokesman, Rodrigo Saavedra, they descended to protest Trump’s speech on immigration, but didn’t know during the demonstration that the GOP candidate was in Mexico meeting with President Peña Nieto to discuss issues regarding immigration and jobs.
“Any sort of backtracking Trump is going to do regarding his immigration plan isn’t going to erase anything he has said in the past year,” Saavedra said. “We descended here to highlight Trump’s hypocritical message.”
Besides the protestors outside Trump Towers, a group of Trump supporters gathered to counter the planned event of protesters held signs that read “Deport illegal immigrants” and “Trump 2016” while some countered the chants by shouting “Build that wall” and “Send them back”
The NYPD spokesman said the six women and two men were arrested on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic. None of the eight protestors arrested were New York residents, but are illegal and protected under President Obama’s DACA program.