Women Strike Back Against Immigration Policy in Mass Protests

The Trump administration continues to push its racist, xenophobic anti-immigration policies on the country, claiming to be “softening their stance” by opting for massive family detainment camps instead of separating children from parents. But this isn’t the America we want to live in.

Now the people are fighting back in droves — and women are leading the way.

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement gathers asylum seekers and other border-crossers by the droves, immediately impounding them upon arrival, their techniques continue to showcase the worst of our nation. Children — even toddlers — are being forced to go to courts unaccompanied, with no parent to plead their cases to stay in the country, a policy that was mostly unheard of prior to this administration.

NBC reports:

Requiring unaccompanied minors to go through deportation alone is not a new practice. But since the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy, more young children — including toddlers — are being affected than in the past. The 2,000-plus children will likely need to deal with court proceedings even as they grapple with the ongoing trauma of being taken from their parents.

Even those who are allowed to stay in the country, and somehow reunited with their families, are looking at a future not of safety and the advantages of a country full of wealth, but an internment camp, cut off from the rest of the nation.

According to Common Dreams:

A Department of Defense (DoD) media statement that BuzzFeed‘s Jason Leopold posted to Twitter Wednesday evening details a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide housing for “an alien family population of up to 12,000″ on U.S. military bases. “If facilities are not available, DoD has been asked to identify available DoD land and construct semi-separate, soft-sided camp facilities capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people, at three separate locations,” the statement said. ”DHS prefers the facilities to be built in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or California” for logistical purposes and their proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.

With families fleeing poverty and violence at best ending up in makeshift prisons together — and at worst being separated permanently, as well as deported — it’s no wonder that women are the force behind a new protesting army opposing the administration’s immigration plans.

On June 28, thousands of people from across the country — mostly women — gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the “zero tolerance” policy ripping families apart and processing each of them like criminals rather than hear their pleas for staying in the country. There, nearly 600 women were arrested on site.

The Washington Post reports:

Most of the participants were white women, stumbling over the syllables of Spanish-language chants. Many had never faced arrest before. But here they were. Capitol Police said 575 protesters were arrested and escorted out of the Hart Senate Office Building in a mass demonstration that called for the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and an end to migrant family detentions and the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy. They were charged with unlawfully demonstrating, a misdemeanor.

Standing with the women was Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, recently returned from maternity leave and clutching her newborn to her as she spoke. “I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter—my breastfeeding child—ripped away from me the way some of these other moms’ babies have been,” she said, according to the Daily Beast.

And that D.C. protest was only the start. Marches proclaiming “Families belong together” continued across the country, as hundreds of thousands gathered to protest the administration’s immigration policies.

CNN reports:

In Atlanta, demonstrators carried cages with dolls inside, and marchers in Chicago encouraged each other to “fight back.” Protesters in Houston chanted, “No baby jails,” outside City Hall. Farther to the south, crowds gathered in McAllen, Texas, the border town where one of the Customs and Border Protection agency’s processing detention centers sits.

With midterms looming and Congress incapable of passing any sort of immigration reform, marches and protests very well may be the only thing that keeps immigrant children and their families free of detention. But if that’s what it takes, at least we know that the women are ready to lead to make that happen.

Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr

35 comments

Marie W
Marie W10 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Shirley P
Shirley P6 months ago

WOMEN , STRONG, POWERFUL, WILL MAKE THIS WORLD WHOLE AGAIN.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R6 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Susanne R
Susanne R6 months ago

Dave: I just watched the gumball video you referenced. The presenter said that 99.7% of the poorest people around the globe will never be able to immigrate to the U.S., so I guess your concerns about dealing with immigrants are not as bad as you think. He suggested that we help these people where they live. We all know that will NEVER happen under this administration --as it did under the previous one. As a matter of fact, trump is a big factor in the ever-increasing population problem because he put a stop to the Global Gag Rule: "Trump's Global Gag Rule is cruel and unusual in that it massively expands an already harmful policy," said a statement from PAI (Population Action International." "This grotesque expansion targets the most effective health organizations in 60 low and middle income countries. The funding cuts will go far beyond abortion, and even beyond contraception. They will likely prevent many global health organizations from offering HIV prevention and treatment services, maternal health care, and Zika virus prevention." (Source: Vox - 1/25/17)

https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/1/23/14356582/trump-global-gag-rule-abortion

How do you know that "fake" news hates it? You still haven't told me what you consider to be "fake" news.

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

No comment.

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Kelsey S
Kelsey S6 months ago

Thanks

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Winnie A
Winn A6 months ago

Noted

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE6 months ago

Thank you

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