Rally held in solidarity with children of immigrant parents arrested by US Border Patrol in San Diego
9 June 2017
Two weeks after the arrest of Francisco Duarte and Rosenda Perez outside their home in National City, a suburb south of San Diego, support for their release continues to grow.
Video of San Diego family torn apart by Border Patrol
A rally of 100 supporters was held Tuesday evening at Kimble Park in National City, where the four children and their lawyer, Mark Lane, called for the immediate release of their parents.
After the rally, supporters attended a City Council meeting to support legislation that would make National City a sanctuary city. Many were not able to sit in the meeting as the room was overfilled and many had to sit in the lobby or in an adjacent room.
Border Patrol initially claimed the parents were arrested for alleged involvement in “human smuggling.” The couple was later found to have no such involvement but are still being detained and denied any request to see their children.
While the family spoke eloquently at the rally and at the City Council, Democratic city council member, Mona Rios, and Christina Sotelo Vence, president of the National City Teachers Association, used the events as an opportunity to push SB 54, known as the California Values Act, which is being touted as a progressive bill which will protect immigrants. This is far from the truth.
The bill will put into place areas such as school and hospitals as “safe places” for immigrants, although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can circumvent safe space laws by simply waiting outside schools and hospitals and arresting them there.
It will also continue to require local police to submit names of peoples arrested to federal databases and to…