Upper Manhattan Celebrates Espaillat’s Swearing-In

Adriano Espaillat, Democratic congressman for New York’s 13th District. (Photo via El Diario)

Dominican-American politician Adriano Espaillat was sworn in to his seat representing New York’s 13th Congressional District yesterday at Zysman Hall’s Lamport Auditorium at Yeshiva University in a symbolic act that had great significance for his community.

Espaillat officially took his seat as a congressman in Washington earlier in January, but he had been planning to celebrate it in his district surrounded by his Upper Manhattan constituents and with Caribbean music playing in the background.

“Great energy and fraternity. This is what America loves,” said Eli Yamin, also from the Dominican Republic, who shared the swearing-in ceremony on social media through Facebook Live.

Rolando T. Acosta, associate justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, was in charge of swearing in the brand new representative, the first person of Dominican origin to occupy a position in the federal Congress.

Espaillat remembered once again his story as an immigrant in New York and the difficulties he had to overcome to build a political career for himself and represent his community.

The congressman was one of the first people to raise their voice to boycott President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. The politician has long defended immigrants, particularly Dreamers, the beneficiaries of the DACA program, which protects young students brought into the United States by their parents when they were children.

Espaillat has condemned the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the new White House occupant. Just yesterday, after his inauguration, the congressman joined the demonstrators who gathered in Battery Park to repudiate President Trump’s executive orders banning citizens from seven countries from entering the United States.

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