The police arrested 10 immigrants on Tuesday on charges that they blocked a sidewalk at a popular gathering place for day laborers in Jackson Heights, Queens, the chief spokesman of the Police Department said.
The arrests came in response to repeated calls from neighborhood residents complaining about the laborers —most of them undocumented — who congregate every day at the intersection of Broadway, 37th Avenue and 69th Street, said the spokesman, Paul J. Browne.
“Police responded to community complaints about them blocking the sidewalk and congregating,” Mr. Browne said, adding that there were 50 to 60 workers at the location on Tuesday morning before the arrests.
“We responded and asked them to disperse,” Mr. Brown said. “All but 10 of them did.”
Police, Responding to Complaints, Arrest 10 Men at Day Laborer Gathering Place
A diminutive Mexican woman pushing a 2-year-old boy in a stroller appeared at the intersection, tears dampening her cheeks. She said her husband was one of those arrested.
He had called her on his cellphone as the police started asking the men for identification, said the woman, who gave only her first name, Olivia.
She said that both she and her husband were in the country illegally and had four children, all of whom had been born in the United States. She said she was afraid that her husband was going to be deported.
“He’s the one who works,” Olivia said, sobbing. “Who’s going to support the four children now?”
That's an easy one to answer. American citizens and legal immigrants, that's who. Of course, you could go back home with him...
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