In September 2018, activist groups around New York rushed to denounce the Trump administration for considering making changes to the “public-charge” rule for immigrants. The publicly funded New York Immigration Coalition, or NYIC, staged a protest outside the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. Leaders of the organization were arrested after they sat down in the middle of Delancey Street and blocked rush-hour traffic.
New York City has long been fertile ground for political protest. Civil-society groups, along with elected officials, activists and unions, typically organize these protests, which run the gamut from standard rallies to civil disobedience. What most New Yorkers don’t realize is that many of the protests are funded by taxpayers. Whether they agree or disagree with these efforts, New Yorkers should understand that they’re paying the bill for them.
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