Rally to stop Trump policy of Family Separation held June 24

Hosted by Indivisible Springfield, rally in Springfield featured clergy, community leaders and social activists

Indivisible Springfield joined local clergy, community leaders, and social activists to speak out about the Trump Administrations cruel immigration policy that tears children away from their parents.

When:   Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Where:  City Hall Plaza, Downtown Springfield

Why:     On April 6, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be implementing a “zero-tolerance” policy for those who entered the country illegally: simply put, anyone—including families—who crosses the Southwest border or attempts to cross the border is subject to criminal prosecution and deportation. Anyone who is charged is jailed, and their children are taken away from them.

The policy systematically rips children from the arms of migrant mothers and fathers at the U.S. border as punishment for coming to the U.S.

Since the policy was implemented, nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents. That includes babies as young as 18 months old being ripped from their mother’s arms and being placed in shelters, with parents not knowing where their children are or whether they are doing ok.

This new family separation policy is consistent with Trump’s immigration strategy, which is founded on tearing families apart and instilling fear in immigrant communities.