DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dozens of people in Dayton took part in a nation-wide protest against the Trump Administration’s anti-illegal immigration policy of separating migrant parents from their children.
Brandishing signs reading “Families belong together”, “End family separation now” and “Ee will not be silent” – dozens of people protested in front of Congressman Mike Turner’s Dayton office.
Demonstrators sang, handed out fliers, and demanded a call to action.
“I don’t feel safer by our government holding children in a detention facility,” activist Gabriela Pickett told the crowd. “I don’t feel safer because children are kept in cages. I don’t feel safer because undocumented pizza delivery men or landscape workers are off the streets.”
Another activist, Carla Pitsinger said: “Are these kids being help in cages? Tents now, I hear now. I’d like to get informed. Is this really happening here?”
The Trump Administration’s gave reporters an inside look at one of its migrant children shelters, on Wednesday.
NBC reported, Thursday, the government has selected another facility in Texas to build a tent city to house hundreds of migrant children.
“If it’s adults being turned away legally – then that is something the government can do,” participant Daniel Fisher said. “But what we are doing to these poor children is beyond reprehension and it deserves all of the malice that we can possibly give them.”
In a statement about the protest, Turner accused the group of having a “partisan agenda”.
He did not directly address the Trump Administration’s policy, but instead questioned why demonstrators didn’t protest against the previous administration’s anti-illegal immigration policies.
He said quote: “Dayton Indivisible is a discredited, partisan, political organization and its lack of protest of immigration policies that separated families as enforced for years by the Obama Administration speaks volumes to its partisan agenda.”
Democratic nominee for congress Theresa Gasper also joined the crowd. She said the practice of separating children and parents is “traumatic” for families.
“We just have to draw attention to it and speak up, speak out, and let their local representatives know this is just unacceptable,” Gasper said.