NEW YORK — Hundreds of immigrant advocates gathered in front of the Trump world tower on World Refugee Day.
They are protesting the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on immigration, which has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents since May, and placed them in cages inside what they now call ‘Trump camps.”
Mexico’s foreign minister Luis Videgaray on Tuesday called the separation of children from immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border “cruel and inhumane.”
“Mexico’s government — I want to be clear — at no time, promotes illegal migration. However, according to our constitutional principles and our convictions, we can’t be indifferent before an incident that clearly represents a violation of human rights.”
“Children are being separated from families,” added Fr. Julian Jagudilla of The Migrant Center at St. Francis of Assisi. “Children are being used as a bargaining chip, I think it is immoral and sinful.”
Meanwhile, this growing chorus of resistance demand mister Trump to end his policies that separate families, threaten refugees and undermine humanitarian immigration.
“We should welcome all immigrants, regardless of circumstances that brought them to this country, of course, we are a country of laws but we also have to govern with passion.”
Protesters carried inflatable rafts, symbolizing the dangers many refugees face in their journey to safety.
They also laid out 85 pairs of shoes, symbolizing 85,000 refugees denied admission to the U.S. by the Trump administration policies.
The New York Immigration Coalition reports: the Trump administration drastically cut refugee admission levels from 100,000 to 15,000 in 2018.
It has also stripped away temporary protected status, or TPS, from hundreds of thousands of immigrants — including those from countries facing humanitarian crises, such as El Salvador, Somalia, and Yemen.
It has also eliminated asylum for survivors of domestic violence and gang violence.
Amid massive public outrage over the issue, Trump has signed an executive order that’s supposed to keep families who illegally crossed the US border together.
“Ivanka feels very strongly my wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it, I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it,” said Trump. “We don’t like to see families separated, at the same time, we don’t want people coming into our country illegally. This takes care of the problem.”
“In a way, I will only believe it, until I see it. I wanna see the Congress working together,” said Juan Dela Cruz Turcios.
The group American Civil Liberties Union says it also plans to continue pursuing its lawsuit challenging Trump’s policies concerning the treatment of immigrant families trying to enter the US.
Much bigger nationwide protests against family separations are planned on June 30th.