Students Walk Out in Solidarity with Immigrants as Anti-Trump Protests Continue

A protest at NYU ended with 10 minutes of silence.

— -- Several hundred NYU students and some professors walked out of their classrooms today in an effort to pressure school administrators to protect immigrant students from potential deportation under a Trump administration.

The ralliers gathered in Washington Square Park, and then ended their march at the school's Bobst Library, where a 10-minute moment of silence was staged.

The president-elect vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants from the U.S. in an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired on Sunday, saying that as many as 3 million people could be removed, focusing on those with criminal backgrounds.

"It's important that we show solidarity with undocumented students," 18-year-old Joaquin Caceres said, regarding his decision to involve himself in the NYU walk-out.

Caceres, who is a freshman at the school, was born in the U.S. to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents. He said he believes he "benefits" from his light complexion, but worries about how Hispanic men and women will be treated now, not only by Trump's policies but by his supporters.

She said shared the desire of her fellow protesters to push administrators into offering protection to immigrant students, regardless of what Trump might do as president.

"People feel desperation because of this," she said. "Powerlessness."

Void Diaz, 21, who is a political organizer from New York City but is not a student at NYU, used the opportunity hand out pamphlets urging protesters to fight America's political system in a more broad way, and expressed concerns that President Obama and Hillary Clinton had "normalized" Trump's presidency in recent remarks about his victory.