Protesters, supporters gather Trump speech

- Roseann Brunnen was the first of hundreds of protesters sending a clear message to President Donald Trump on Long Island.

"He is not wanted here or in the United States," Brunnen said.

Eradicating MS-13 was the purpose of the president's visit but not everyone agrees with the way he has been handling it.

"Any law-abiding immigrant, I feel like they shouldn't be deported at all," Bryan Martinez of Lake Grove said. "They should be given a chance to try and live an American life."

Javier Guzman said there is a divide between police and people, especially illegal immigrants who fear deportation.

"Right now in Suffolk County, nobody talks to the police," Guzman said. "Nobody wants to call the police – not even in an emergency."

But the police were the ones that kept everyone safe. State troopers were a clear divider separating protesters and supporters. 

The LGBTQ community rallied against Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

"This week the LGBT community was under vicious attack," said David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network. "And when he's coming to our hometown, we are not going to sit back and not let him hear our voices."

Zoey Hildebrant said she wants her voice heard. She supports her mom Candace who suffers from an autoimmune disease and relies on medication.

"She needs to get better so we can have fun together," Zoey said.

"[Trump] has to understand and see the people that will be so affected by his health care, and his immigration, and his anti-LGBTQ stances," Candace Hildebrant said. "It's just painful."

But Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas feel a little less pain. Their daughter Kayla was brutally murdered by alleged MS-13 members. They were in the audience for Trump's speech.

"I'm happy that he was here, I'm happy that he was backing up our law enforcement on all levels," Rodriguez said. "We want this change to happen."

Rodriguez and Cuevas said they are hopeful for change.

The protests, for the most part, were peaceful and police say no one was arrested.

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