Hundreds of demonstrators battled the heat Tuesday in East El Paso to protest the separation of families. The immigration advocates called for the end of what they call inhumane policies.
Tuesday’s march was the second demonstration in just under three days. The march began across the street from Burges High School and ended about a mile away, in front of the El Paso Border Patrol Processing Center.
Step after step, holding hands and chanting, immigration advocates protested the White House’s “Zero Tolerance” policy.”
“I think many of the children inside are innocent,” Rosa Avila told KTSM in Spanish. Avila, who was marching with her two kids, is an immigrant herself.
Hundreds of people, including children and adults, marched in near 90 degree heat with a single message: ‘Stop the separation of families.’
The demonstration was organized by the Border Network for Human Rights in reaction to hundreds of children being housed in ‘tent cities,’ including over 200 in Tornillo.
The protesters marched over a mile, eventually stopping in front of the center where parents who’ve been separated from their kids may be held. Organizers continue to remind supporters to keep fighting and make their voices heard during elections.
The Border Network for Human Rights and other organizers penned a letter to several White House officials asking them to stop separating families. In it, hundreds of signatures from different organizations and residents. The letter states that if the Trump administration doesn’t stop the separation practice against immigrant families, they too will continue fighting against them.
Hundreds continuing their march to the processing center. One woman told me she traveled from Albuquerque because she can’t sit back and watch what’s happening without trying to make a difference. pic.twitter.com/BoKP7SQ2Va— Alejandra Briones (@KTSMAlejandra) June 19, 2018