Also in New York City, police arrested nine people Thursday at a nonviolent protest against President Trump’s proposal to cut $6.2 billion from the budget of HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development. New York is home to the nation’s largest stock of public housing, and the protesters said the cuts would devastate their communities.
Kayla Schwarz: “They’re proposing crazy stuff, like they’re going to like kick everyone out of public housing in five years. Five hundred thousand people in New York City? Right. Like that’s going to work. I mean, housing already is cut to the bone. There’s nowhere to cut. It’s just a disaster.”
Carmen Quinones: “This is serious stuff. People are going homeless. This is not a joke anymore. And Trump ain’t making it no better.”
Among those arrested was New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres. HUD Director Ben Carson said in March he favors Trump’s proposal to slash his agency’s budget by 14 percent, saying the cuts would promote “fiscal responsibility.”