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Trinity Clergy and Parishioners Stand with Dreamers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the City Hall news conference surrounded by religious leaders. 

Members of the community of Trinity Church Wall Street—clergy, congregation, and staff—protested the decision this week by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  DACA, as the program is called, shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

New York City clergy, including the Rev. Winnie Varghese of Trinity Church Wall Street (upper left) at City Hall.

The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Trinity’s Director of Justice and Reconciliation, joined with dozens of New York City clergy at a news conference at City Hall where Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that every department of municipal government would support and protect Dreamers, as the beneficiaries of the program are often called, many of whom were brought to the United States as young children and have lived here their entire lives.

A few blocks away, at Foley Square, folks from Trinity joined the early evening rally organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. 

The Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones and Kathy Bozzuti-Jones at Foley Square.

Trinity folks, supporting the Dreamers—young beneficiaries of the DACA program—pose for a selfie.