(McAllen, TX) – Today marks the beginning of a 24 day long hunger strike that is being led by civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and members of the Kennedy family. At a rally in McAllen, Texas yesterday, Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, joined Huerta to announce the strike and the 44 members of the Kennedy family who will be taking part.
Each participant plans to fast for 24 hours at a time, for 24 days in total in honor of the approximately 24-hundred children who have been separated from their families. Other participants include 11 members of Congress, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Alfre Woodard, and Keegan-Michael Key.
Meanwhile, the President wants authorities to waste no time deporting migrants who cross the border illegally. On Twitter, Trump said that when someone comes into the country “we must immediately, with no judges or court cases, bring them back from where they came.” He called the U.S. immigration system “a mockery to good immigration policy.” Trump also said the U.S. needs an immigration system that’s based on merit.
(McAllen, TX) – A group of more than 20 Congressional Democrats touring a border patrol detention facility in Texas yesterday called the conditions “unacceptable” and “cruel.” California Representative Jackie Speier said the U.S. needs to come up with a better system to handle immigrant families with children.
Speier says the process should be taken out of the criminal justice system and put it into the social services system. One Democratic lawmaker called for the UN to investigate the use of wire cages to hold children, saying it’s a violation of human rights.
Thousands of people in cities across the country are demonstrating against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. “Keep Families Together” rallies took place yesterday in New York, Texas, Florida, California and other states. Demonstrators formed a human chain to block a bus carrying children outside the detention center in McAllen, Texas.
A rally and prayer vigil outside an East Harlem child care agency where dozens of recently separated children arrived drew the Reverend Al Sharpton and other New York City officials. More than five-thousand people gathered at a rally in San Diego to support reuniting families. Although it was not needed, (he could’ve just picked up the phone), President Trump signed an executive order that immigrant families crossing the border illegally will no longer be separated.More than 23-hundred children were taken from their parents in recent weeks under the previous policy.