Activists spent Father’s Day drawing attention to a controversial new immigration policy that separates migrant children from their parents. Hundreds of immigrant right’s advocates and others participated in a rally at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan against the Trump administration’s policy on June 1, 2018 in New York.
In coordinated marches across the country people gathered outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices, U.S. attorney’s offices, and the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., to put increasing pressure on the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the border.
The day that included congressional visits to detention centers, marches and vigils was dubbed #FathersDayofAction by activists on Twitter, to highlight how some migrant children were forced to spend Father’s Day apart from their parents.
Democrats: Trump Immigration Separation Policy “Contrary to Our Values”
Sen. Susan Collins, said that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting immigrants and separating families at the U.S-Mexico border is “traumatizing” children and “contrary to our values in this country.”
Collins comments come as Republicans prepare to vote on two competing immigration bills next week in the hopes of providing a lasting fix to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The senator said that she supports the president’s efforts to bolster border security, but said, “We know from years of experience that we need to fix our immigration laws and that using children is not the answer.”