Friday, June 22, 2018

Immigration rally draws crowd to City Hall

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 1:13 PM

click to enlarge About 100 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest the separation of kids from their families at the border by immigration agents. - PHOTOS BY PAM ZUBECK
  • Photos by Pam Zubeck
  • About 100 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest the separation of kids from their families at the border by immigration agents.
On Friday, June 22, about 100 to 150 people showed up at City Hall for a rally to oppose President Donald Trump's recently rescinded policy to separate children from their parents at the border. The policy effected families trying to enter the country illegally or flee persecution or gang violence in their home countries.

That's not a terrible showing in a county that prides itself on being the reddest in the nation and whole-heartedly in support of Trump, who rescinded his policy on Thursday. Now questions have arisen about how his administration will reunite thousands of kids with their families, and how those families will be housed as the parents' await prosecution for misdemeanor immigration charges.

click to enlarge One demonstrator brought a cardboard figure of Rep. Doug Lamborn with wording that stems from First Lady Melania Trump's coat worn to Texas to visit detention center workers that said, "I really don't care. Do U?"
  • One demonstrator brought a cardboard figure of Rep. Doug Lamborn with wording that stems from First Lady Melania Trump's coat worn to Texas to visit detention center workers that said, "I really don't care. Do U?"
A few minutes into the speeches, rain started falling from angry looking skies hovering over City Hall near downtown Colorado Springs.

The rally drew some novice demonstrators, including Crystal Karr, who has shown up at rallies only a few times in her life. "I'm here because I care about these families and children being traumatized by our current administration," Karr told the Indy.

Many demonstrators, most of whom were white, older and female, carried signs. A sampling:

• "Let our homes be opened to exiles — let us assist and refresh them." Martin Luther.

• "America's open arms saved my Jewish family during WW2."

• "Immigrants are what makes us great."

• "2,342. Find them all."

The rally was organized by Colorado Springs Council for Justice and was billed as "a rally to end persecution of immigrant families."

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