Approximately 1,000 people rallied in Jackson Heights Saturday in support of immigrants and asylum seekers detained by the Trump administration and in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy separating children from their parents. Organized by state senate candidate Jessica Ramos, the rally and march was one of hundreds of similar events held throughout the country, including a larger rally in Lower Manhattan with a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Jackson Heights rally was held in front the Post Office on 37th Avenue, with a march along 37th Avenue to the Park of the Americas in Corona.
The Jackson Heights rally drew local elected officials and candidates, including Ramos, Rep. Grace Meng, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Assembly Members Michael DenDekker and Ari Espinal, Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, Assembly candidate Catalina Cruz and House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Fresh off her surprise Tuesday victory over Rep. Joe Crowley Ocasio-Cortez received the most energetic and enthusiastic reception.