Demonstrators in Albany rally against Trump administration's immigration policy

June 14, 2018 06:57 PM

ALBANY - Families belong together. That is the rallying cry at protests that were taking place in cities across the country on Thursday, including here in Albany.

Demonstrators are opposed to the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy that is separating migrant children from their parents.

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A shelter in Brownsville, Texas is near capacity with more than 1,000 young boys.

The protesters call this "child abuse" and want Congress to end it.

The lively rally included people of all backgrounds, ages and religious beliefs. The main message was the crowd believes the Trump administration's policies are inhumane and un-American. 

One recent report says about 1,800 families were separated while attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States between October 2016 and February of this year.

The Trump administration says their policy isn't to take children from their parents. The policy is to criminally prosecute any adult attempting to cross illegally.

The adults are sent to federal detention centers, where children are not allowed. Therefore, children are placed with relatives here in the United States if they have one, or in foster care.

At the rally were various members of local organizations, churches and activist groups. That also included lots of kids with their families. They're calling on New York leaders to demand the administration make changes.

"I do think that this is really striking a chord with a lot of parents who are seeing themselves or trying to empathize with a parent at the border who are having their children taken away and I think that is a very visceral emotion for a lot of parents," explained Jon Diamond.

The rally was being held in front of the Federal Building where state senators have offices.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy stopped by to thank everyone for sharing their voices.


Jacquie Slater

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