Lines at the Dominican consulate in Times Square have been long. Staff there say in average years, there’s usually about 200 people a day. But in the past month, that’s more than doubled. By mid-morning this week, hundreds of people crowded into the consulate in lines snaking through the hallways.
Patricia Sanchez from Washington Heights was waiting to get her Dominican I.D. She says she’s not too worried, even though fear and confusion continue to grip many immigrant communities across the city as the Trump administration rolls out new policies. Still, she wanted to make sure her papers are in order.
“I know my rights as a U.S. citizen, and even though I was born in the Dominican Republican, I’m a good citizen in the United States, so I don’t think I will have any problems,” she said.
Getting papers in order is exactly what the staff at the consulate recommends. But there are still questions about the polices and what they mean for families. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who represents New York’s heavily-Dominican 13th district, said he’s been hearing questions like, “What will happen to my kids if I get deported?” or “Will a minor infraction, like jumping a subway turnstile, get me in trouble now?”