CourtesyAbout 70 protesters, most carrying signs and wearing white in solidarity with immigrants, gathered outside the Hood County courthouse Saturday morning to denounce President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that has separated children from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border.
“Shame! Shame!” the crowd responded in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (33 Celsius).
“We cannot slow down now since the court ruling alone isn’t enough and could be overturned”, the movement’s website says.
But the DOJ is zeroing in on the requirement, saying the order this week from U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw requires that children’s release be delayed so that they can stay with their parents.
“We heard stories of mothers denied the opportunity to kiss or even say goodbye to their children”, she said, before apologizing for her tears.
“I’m an immigrant, I know what it’s like”, Perez said.
Rita Montoya, 36, a Washington lawyer, was born in California but has Mexican origins and arrived at the protest with her two sons, aged two and four.
Elaine Alvarez, 37, said she joined family members at a rally at Foley Square in NY to break stereotypes about immigrants being criminals.
Some 2000 children remain separated from their parents, despite President Donald Trump’s executive order ending the controversial policy.
Since taking office in 2017, Trump has overseen an increase in arrests of people suspected of being in the country illegally. “We are here to contribute to this country”. MoveOn, CHIRLA, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Women’s March LA Foundation and the Council on American- Islamic Relations were among the many groups participating.
The ACLU is disputing the Trump administration’s interpretation of the ruling. “When children are held in government custody apart from their primary caregivers for long periods, they suffer profound and long-lasting injury”, reads the lawsuit cited by Buzzfeed. “I want to show my daughter that we stand up for people that can’t do it for themselves”.
While protest organizers had clear demands, including reuniting separated families and an end to family detentions, the demonstrators themselves were motivated to attend for their own personal reasons. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention centre where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the weekend.
Thousands of protesters in NY marched across the Brooklyn Bridge bearing signs with slogans like “Make America Humane Again” and “Immigrants Are Welcome Here”.
“We care!” marchers shouted outside city hall in Dallas.
“Abolish ICE”, said another sign, reflecting growing calls by activists for abolition of the country’s frontline immigration enforcement agency.
But they add it’s also happening in Central Virginia. The protest is timed with other protests nationwide and is also meant to oppose Trump’s ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations.
More than 500 women, including a member of Congress, were arrested Thursday in the US Capitol complex protesting Trump’s immigration policy.
“Freedom for Immigrants March”, began at 11 a.m.
The administration says it is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught crossing the border illegally.
“We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen”.