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Vice President Pence's visit met by protesters in Syracuse

Many held signs objecting to how President Donald Trump's administration has handled immigration issues; in particular, the crowd spoke out against the treatment of immigrant families and children at the nation's southern border.

Vice President Mike Pence's first visit to Central New York as the nation's second-in-command was met by a crowd of protesters.

Hundreds lined the street across from the Embassy Suites in Syracuse, where the vice president was attending a fundraising effort to Rep. John Katko (R - NY 24).

Many held signs objecting to how President Donald Trump's administration has handled immigration issues; in particular, the crowd spoke out against the treatment of immigrant families and children at the nation's southern border.

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Others voiced their opposition to the GOP tax plan championed by the Trump Administration; the protesters said they oppose the bill's tax breaks for large corporations.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done this," Timothy Fanning said. "I’m a retired tuck driver and I’ve seen a lot in this country. I have never, never seen the shape of the country it is in now and it has to stop. It has to stop now.”

Among the crowd of protesters was Dana Balter, a Democrat who is running in a primary against former Syracuse mayoral contender Juanita Perez Williams for the party's nomination to challenge Rep. Katko for a seat in Congress.

"I frankly am furious that this is happening today," Balter said. "I am angry as a constituent ofJohn Katko's that what he thinks is important right now is to participate in fundraisers with Mike Pence... when we are facing a situation where our federal government is committing human rights abuses at the border and John Katko has been nowhere."

Vice President Pence met a friendlier crowd when Air Force Two landed in Mattydale earlier in the day. After attending the fundraiser for Rep. Katko, the vice president will head to the Nucor Steel Plant in Auburn to talk about the tax plan's impact there.

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Meanwhile Second Lady Karen Pence plans to visit Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse.

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