Protesters criticize Ivanka Trump, Katko during Syracuse visit

Protesters criticize Ivanka Trump, Katko during Syracuse visit (CNYCentral Photo)

Dozens of people showed up to protest President Donald Trump as his daughter, Ivanka, stopped in central New York on Monday.

They stood outside P-Tech, where she and Rep. John Katko held a panel discussion about vocational education. Protesters held signs and chanted, many of them saying that Rep. Katko should be ashamed of what they called his loyalty to the administration.

"My reason for being here is I see a continuous decline in our democracy and it scares me to death," said Kayla Keegan.

The demonstrators' main concern was the Trump administration's handling of the recent immigration crisis at the southern border.

"Sixty percent of my students were immigrants. One of them came from the lottery program that he is trying to stop," said Stephanie Ladd. "He is a young man who is brilliant at math, went on to MIT for example."

Among the protesters was Dana Balter, the Democratic candidate in New York's 24th Congressional District race who hopes to unseat Katko in November.

"I am not out here protesting. I'm out here talking to the people protesting," Balter said. "I think what is congressional is to stand for the people in your district."

Balter also disputed Katko's claim that he is a moderate Republican, something recent television ads have been depicting him as.

"He is not a moderate and being visited here in the district by the vice president and the first daughter is the reward he gets for supporting Donald Trump's agenda, not to people of the 24th district," Balter said.

Vice President Mike Pence made a visit to central New York last month to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Katko.

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