Amid nationwide deportations, immigration advocates rally to “Keep Families Together”

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — Residents of Highland Park, New Jersey say they’ve had enough of what they call the “travesty of the Trump-era deportation policies” that have separated thousands of immigrant parents and children.

“It just breaks my heart to hear reports of children crying and screaming because they’re separated from their mothers, even babies by immigration,” says Catherine Riss. “It’s wrong, it’s contrary to international law.”

Their demands: end ICE deportation of law abiding parents of US citizen children, and stop separating children from parents seeking asylum at the US border.

The Child Citizen Protection Act is a bill that amends the Immigration and Nationality act, that would allow the testimony of U.S. citizen children to be taken into consideration by immigration judges during deportation hearings.

The amendment factors in whether or not deportation would be “clearly against the best interests of a U.S. citizen child,” as long as the immigrant is not deportable for security or criminal reasons.

Doctor Mark Aronson, a psychologist, says this administration should reunite traumatized children with their parents now.

Among those separated from their families: a Filipino green card holder for 30 years, married to a US citizen wife. 47-year-old Cloyd Edralin is also the father of 4 citizen children.

A number of “Keep Families Together” rallies were held all across the US, and the organizers are hoping President Trump and the US immigration agency will heed their call to reunite these children separated from their families soon.

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  • Mario
    15 June 2018 at 12:20 am - Reply

    A friend was deported after 4 yrs as illegal alien. They had a 2 year old American born SON.The parents were MADE TO CHOOSE; the son will be taken cared by Social Worker or bring home the son to PH. The parents brought the son to the PH, after 21 years they were all back to US. The son petition the parents. Child crying being separated from parents is FAKE NEWS. Before parents getting deported they made to choose to leave their illegal alien son to ICE-Social worker, then relative will work with the social worker…OBAMA deported 3 Million in 8 years equivalent to 1,027 a day. Trump is only 500 days old in office and deported only 81,603. Trump ICE is very slow…. Obama’s ICE are far better…

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    15 June 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Maybe you can ask Tito Cloyd Edralin why was he carrying gun on the day he was arrested? And don’t try to defend him that he was only carrying a BB gun? The testimony of his family is tainted because they would automatically say good things on his behalf…

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    22 June 2018 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    According to Willie Saguibo (Las Vegas based Fil-Am community organizer), only those who are easily misled by media drama and sensation (e.g. Balitang America), would immediately jump into misinformed decisions. Saguibo explained that the narrow and well engineered media drama would show children are being separated at the border by ICE agents, thereby blaming the government for such outcome. Not to mention that these are the same tactics that illegal immigrants used to bring about millions underage illegal immigrants, the now self-proclaimed DACA recipients or Dreamers…

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