Boston’s Child Separation Protest Draws Diverse Crowd and Thoughts

Clayton Anderson

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Ten days ago, President Trump signed an executive order to stop separating illegal immigrants from their children at the Mexican border. But so far, only a handful of children have been reunited with their parents.

People across the United States protested Saturday for the immediate reunification of detained alien families.

Here’s what a few of them said.

The Bridges Family

Katherine Bridges, left, is a mother of two. She came to the protest with her family because she put herself in the shoes of the separated families: if her family was separated, she would hope that someone would stand up and fight for her.

A former small business owner, Bridges’ company stopped growing due to a lack of workers. She said it does not make sense for the government to turn away immigrants, when the U.S. needs more workers.

Though she is disappointed that her country has torn families apart, she still plans on celebrating Independence Day.

“I’m still a proud American—there’s no way [President Trump] could change that,” she said.

Mona Mandal

Mona Mandal is horrified by current immigration policies and the new “Muslim ban.” She believes it’s an important time for civic uprising.

She thinks that America needs to have more compassion in its policies. President Trump’s executive order stopped child separation, but it does not focus on fixing the damage that has already been done, she said.

Instead of building walls, the U.S. needs to get to the root of the issue, Mandal said. She thinks the government needs to figure out exactly why so many people are leaving their countries for America, and then address the problem.

People of color see the president’s actions through a different lens, she said. For her, these policies will affect how she celebrates this Independence Day.

“It’s unbelievable what this country has become,” she said.

Michela McDonagh, Nicole Gemmiti, Sarah Khatami

McDonagh (left), Gemmiti (middle), and Khatami (right) are upset about the the abuse of children and people in general. They want to abolish ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement), an organization that takes people by force, is not regulated enough, and has raped people they capture since the Obama administration, they say.

Gemmiti and Khatami both have immigrant parents. This hits home for them, they say. They believe the government is criminalizing people who seek asylum. And they are mad about it.

“Without immigrants, America wouldn’t be what it is today,” Gemmiti said.

The group also pointed out that the U.S. was founded on stolen land. So, the argument that people are illegal is invalid, they said.

This Fourth of July, they plan on celebrating activists and those who inspire them instead of the racist and imperialist history of this country.