If President Donald Trump thought his sham executive order would put an end to mass grassroots outrage over his unspeakably cruel anti-immigrant agenda, he was sorely mistaken.
As hundreds of immigrant children forcibly separated from their families arrived on flights to New York City from Texas Wednesday night, massive demonstrations kicked off both inside and outside LaGuardia Airport showing solidarity with the young children and demanding that the Trump administration immediately reunite them with their loved ones, who are detained thousands of miles away.
“We want to let them know that there are thousands of people who see them, who love them, and who will fight for them,” Stosh Cotler, CEO of immigrant rights group Bend the Arc and one of the organizers of the rally, said in a statement.
Terminals are packed with HUNDREDS of NYers who showed up in solidarity for children, with messages of love, singing in Spanish, “Cielito Lindo”.#FamiliesBelongTogether#FreedomForImmigrants#AbolishICE pic.twitter.com/ftiGirUSpK
— Make the Road NY (@MaketheRoadNY) June 21, 2018
Happening NOW at LaGuardia Airport in NYC: citizens gathering to greet kids separated from their parents by the Trump administration #FamiliesBelongTogether #FreedomforImmigrants pic.twitter.com/sRXpR7Ndq8
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2018
“This is what solidarity looks like.” Right now at LaGuardia. Our tax dollars have funded the terrorization of families seeking refuge. Let’s keep showing up people #FamilesBelongTogether pic.twitter.com/hoiU8cwA6K
— Baratunde (@baratunde) June 21, 2018
The protests at LaGuardia, which continued into the early hours of Thursday morning, closed with chants of “I believe that we will win!”
POWERFUL closing at LGA Term C: 100s chant “I believe that we will win!” Crowd rededicates itself to showing up for immigrant children, family members, and community members WHEREVER and WHENEVER. #FreedomForImmigrants #FamiliesBelongTogether CC: @UNITEDWEDREAM…