Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s recently halted practice of separating immigrant families at the US-Mexico border.
Some 2,300 children were taken from their parents since May under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
Democratic lawmakers said they aren’t convinced that the government has any real plans to reunite the families.
Demonstrators led rallies and protests on Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by US border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren’t convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them.
Hundreds of people rallied near a Homestead, Florida, facility where immigrant children are being held. Demonstrators also marched in San Diego carrying signs reading “Free the Kids” and “Keep Families Together.”
Outside a border patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, protesters temporarily blocked a bus carrying immigrants and shouted “Shame! Shame!” at border agents.
The demonstrations came days after the Trump administration reversed course in the face of public and political outrage and had authorities stop separating immigrant families caught crossing the US-Mexico border.
An immigrant child looks out from a U.S. Border Patrol bus leaving as protesters block the street outside the U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center Saturday, June 23, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.
In recent weeks, more than 2,300 children were taken from their families under a “zero-tolerance” policy in which people entering the US illegally face prosecution. While the family separations were ended, confusion has ensued, with parents left searching for their children.
And the administration says it will now seek to detain immigrant families during their immigration proceedings, which has also stoked an outcry.
What is happening in this country is disgusting,” said Bilbao, who worked as a cleaning woman before becoming a legal resident and now works for an immigrant rights group. “They should be letting people go to the outside so they can work and contribute to this country.”
More protests are planned for next weekend in states from Connecticut to California.
Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said her agency is trying to help reunite families or place unaccompanied immigrant children with an appropriate sponsor.