Friday, June 1, 2018

Protesters to Demand End to Separation of Immigrant Families

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 10:57 AM

  • Latino Memphis/Facebook

A demonstration calling for an end to the separation of immigrant families is planned for Friday evening outside of Memphis City Hall.

Protesters will take part in the National Day of Action for Children, a day of rallies across the country protesting President Donald Trump’s policy of separating mothers and their children at the U.S./Mexico border. The day of action is organized by a handful of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The rally here, meant to appeal to the Trump Administration’s “sense of humanity and justice,” is organized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mid-South, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, the Community Legal Center, and Latino Memphis.

Ralliers will “demand that the Trump Administration stop separating children from their families and protect the well-being of all children — no exceptions” a Latino Memphis Facebook post reads.

Sheila Starkey Hahn, a local immigration attorney and member of AILA calls the separation of families “abuse.”

“The Trump Administration is abusing small children by separating them from their asylum-seeking mothers at the US border, and we are urging the government to end this practice,” Hahn said. “Through this demonstration, we are expressing that we will not sit idly by while this administration separates immigrant children from their families.”

The rally in Memphis will go from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza in front of city hall. Demonstrations coinciding with the one here are slated to take place in close to 30 other cities including Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Seattle.

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