Dozens of immigrant families who lived a separation or the deportation of a loved one march in the park MacArthur against the policies of Trump
Nearly 2,000 people marched this Saturday around MacArthur Park in solidarity with the nearly 3,000 children who were separated from their families by the government of President Donald Trump.
In addition, they established countless public demands such as the total disappearance of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) of California and that Mayor Eric Garcetti openly declares Los Angeles as a “Sanctuary City”.
“ICE is a government organization that is dedicated to terrorizing the community,” said Justin Mora, creator of the Undocumedia portal, which helps immigrants with legal defense resources after entering the United States.
“We must continue protesting, marching, calling our representatives and politicians to do the right thing, to stop the arrests, release the detainees and eliminate ICE.”
Under a sunny sky and a temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the protesters expressed that their struggle is “against hatred” and “imperialism” of the United States in the world.
“The Trump / Pence regime must go.” “In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist United States,” read the banners of the members of the organization RefuseFascism.org, who are against “the nightmare of immigrants who are terrorized by the detention, deportation and dispossession of children and loved ones “, as well as demonization of Muslims and refugees.
“Trump’s actions and attacks are inhumane,” Mora said.
However, the protesters made it clear that thousands of families have been held in for-profit detention centers long before the Trump administration.
In fact, former President Barack Obama has the historical record of having expelled almost three million people from the United States in eight years.
“If it had not been for the protests of the American people, Trump would not have changed … It was when he felt politically cornered that he backed off,” said Nativo Lopez, director of Mexican Hermandad, referring to the arrest and imprisonment of separated parents and children in various facilities of the country.
“We must tell this administration that the indefinite detention of children and their parents is not only cruel and inhuman but that migrants have the right to fight their cases in freedom.”
He added that no one thought that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions “would go so far as to separate children from their parents. This is a novelty [with the policy of zero tolerance] because never before had the asylum and entry to the United States been classified as criminal and forcing people to be in cages. ”
The multitudinous march under the slogan of “Keeping Families Together” and the petition to abolish ICE began at the intersection of Westlake and MacArthur Park, in the direction of Alvarado Street; followed by Hoover, 8th Street passed through Wilshire / Vermont.
The pain of separation
Alma De Jesús Ramírez, of the AF3IRM LA group, said she experienced the pain of family separation due to the deportation of her brother Angel during an immigration raid 17 years ago in south central Los Angeles.
“I have depression, anxiety, anger and pain due to my immigration status and to witness how other families are separated every day,” he said.
“I have experienced fear; I have experienced the loss; It hurts and I’m here because I’m sick! ”
The woman, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, said she felt “terrified” when she went to work, thinking that maybe she would not come home to take care of her children, Marzar, 7, and Eslie, 12.
“Since my brother was deported, my mother has always suffered,” Alma said.
The protest march also included solidarity with the more than 58,000 Haitians; 262,000 Salvadorans and 86,000 Hondurans who have been denied renewal of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and have been added to the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in fear of being deported by DHS.
Call to local authorities
The call to elected officials was for them to publicly support not funding ICE in Los Angeles, to end all collaboration of the Police Department (LAPD) with the “Migra” for whatever reason, to close the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center Angels and allow the detainees to rejoin their communities.
“We want ICE out of California and Los Angeles,” said Cynthia Anderson-Barker, a civil rights attorney and member of the Los Angeles National Bar Association. “The efforts against Trump are now stronger than ever, and we will continue to fight.”
The lawyer told La Opinión that on Tuesday the National Lawyers’ Guild will file a lawsuit against the authorities of the Adelanto Detention Center for the treatment they gave to people who went on hunger strike.
- To the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, to publicly support the cancellation of ICE, defend the non-separation of families at the border and officially declare that LA is “Sanctuary City”.
- Demand that Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell finalize the cooperation policy with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol (CBP).
- Protect immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Ensure that all people have access to due process and are not penalized twice for the same crime. That is, make sure that people who have left prison can be with their families instead of being expelled.
- Require members of the City Council that ICE leave Los Angeles.
- Public support for the abolition of ICE.
- That the LAPD terminates any relationship or collaboration with ICE.
- Commit to the LA Safe ordinance.
- Recognize the human rights of every person who lives in Los Angeles.
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