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.