LOS ANGELES — Whether it’s bringing toys, or making letters and signs, hundreds of Americans had a simple message for the thousands of children detained at the border.
The 11-year-old Fil-Am who came with his mother Samantha were among hundreds of activists gathered at the Los Angeles Federal Building for a rally and toy drive.
For Philippine-born Montes, the issue of migrant children separated at the border hits close to home as an immigrant mother and as a childcare professional.
“Children get separation anxiety when their parents are at work… children know that their parents are taken away and taken somewhere else, and they don’t even know where they’re going,” she says.
Montes helped gather some of the toys for the drive, resulting in mountains of bags and boxes of toys arriving outside of the very building that houses immigration agencies.
Even Hollywood actress Kristen Bell joined Dreamers, activists and elected officials in calling for President Trump to reunite families, and for Congress to fix the immigration system.
“To our current administration, please hear this. Do not underestimate the love of family; when you attack one family you attack all families, and families fight back,” said Bell. “And we won’t rest until those children are back where they belong.”
The Trump administration says, as of this weekend, 500 families have been reunited.
No matter what the Trump administrations moves are in the coming days, activists are dead set in making their voices and actions heard. More protests are expected across the country in the coming days.