Above photo: All images by Zach D. Roberts
Rallies nationwide have popped up to call out local officials and government policies that separate children at the border.
As more terrible news continues to pour out our immigration centers, rallies nationwide have popped up to call out local officials and government policies that separate children at the border. In downtown Syracuse, New York, not usually a hotbed of activism in my experience, roughly seventy people joined the rally that began in front of Republican Congressman John Katko’s office.
Imigrant families that had been separated by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). They also called for a greater solidarity in the Central New York area which since the beginning of the Trump administration has seen a massive uptick of ICE grabs of undocumented non-criminal immigrants according to a local immigration lawyer, Jose Perez.
The rally marched around the block to the entrance of ICE’s offices where it chanted “families belong together” and continued to express their rage at the local families that have been separated. The offices of ICE were, like Katko’s office on the otherside of the block without any signage.
Border Patrol’s work at the Syracuse Transportation Center has received national attention as of late with several viral videos that show officers asking passengers if they are citizens and for documentation. Syracuse is beyond the 100 miles from the border that it is normally standard for it to operate.