Friday, June 29, 2018

Rally Planned to Protest Separation of Families at Border

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:13 PM

  • Latino Memphis/Facebook

A rally is planned here for Saturday, June 30th to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Organized by Latino Memphis, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, the Community Legal Center, and Indivisible Memphis, the demonstration is one of the hundreds slated for cities across the country on Saturday.

“These families are seeking a safer, better life, only to be persecuted in the United States,” reads a statement from Latino Memphis.

President Trump’s recent executive order does not “explicitly end family separation and does not provide any solution for the thousands of young children that have been separated to be reunited with their families,” according to Latino Memphis.

Instead, the executive order overlooks the Flores agreement, which upholds child welfare laws and prevents families from being detained indefinitely, according to the group.

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“The nationwide demonstrations are to say that we as a country will not stand for these horrific policies, and we are ready to take action,” said Latino Memphis.

At the rally, speakers will share their experiences, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about specific steps they can take to address the “hateful” zero tolerance policy and the separation of families. Some of those steps include voting in elections on all levels, donating to local organizations serving immigrants, volunteering with organizations, and contacting representatives.

The demonstration is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Gaisman Park on Macon.

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