Saginaw Residents Protest Separation of Immigrant Children from Parents

Community members protest zero tolerance at the New Covenant Christian Center Church in Saginaw (photo by Michael Percha)

Residents, faith based and community organizations gathered at the New Covenant Christian Center Church at 2395 S. Outer Dr. in Saginaw Monday, July 2 to protest the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy and the separation of immigrant families.

Representatives from the Mexican American Council, The Bridge Center, The Ezekiel Project and the Latino Leaders for the Enhancement of Advocacy and Development (LLEAD) each spoke during the hour long protest, condemning the policies. Local elected officials were on hand also.

Isabella County Commissioner James Moreno was visiting Saginaw for the sole purpose of attending the rally. He says people need to make their voices heard when they see injustices.

“It’s very important that people speak out against this horrible thing that’s going on… It’s not normal, it’s not humane, it’s not moral. And people have to realize that when they don’t speak out and stand up, things will get worse.”

State Representative Vanessa Guerra was in attendance. She says while President Trump has reversed separating families, the process of reunification is slow.

“We know the President has issued an Executive Order to reunite families but many attorneys have said that that is not actually happening, at least not yet. So we need to continue to build that pressure to make sure that he follows through on that order.”

Items to be delivered to Congressman John Moolenaar’s office in Midland (photo by Michael Percha)

Each of the speakers had one message above all others: speak out. They encourage contacting elected officials, attending town halls, rallies and protests similar to those which have taken place around the country. They also urge people to get out to vote for candidates who share their values.

Following the protest, several people traveled to Midland to present Congressman John Moolenaar with a cage full of stuffed animals to give to children still held in detention centers.

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