Protesters take to downtown Tucson against migrant family separation

Protesters take to downtown Tucson against migrant family separation
Protests downtown (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The government's zero tolerance policy illegal immigration policy that is separating children from their parents has sparked a national outrage, with protests like one in downtown Tucson.

At that protest, cheers and honks could be heard from a mile away. Dozens held up messages in support of families. "Keep families together," read one sign.

There was no shortage of support for migr ant families in downtown Tucson on Thursday evening.

"This is a situation that somebody else is living. It's somebody else's reality. Putting yourself in somebody else's shoes, it's just awful," said Robert Hernandez. He was among the dozens of protesters and a child of immigr ants himself. He said this issue hits close to home, especially after a conversation with his mother this week.

"She was saying, I couldn't imagine you being torn from me when I was crossing," he said.

That is one reason that brought Hernandez and dozens of others out, including Pastor Alison Harrington with Southside Presbyterian Church -- a local congregation that works closely with migr ant families.

Harrington and many other religious leaders are in awe of all that is happening, as migr ant children are taken from their families.

"It's sinful, these practices. I'm out here to call people of faith into action," she said. She spoke in support of Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, Bishop Weisenburger's comments. He reportedly spoke out against the practice and suggested canonical punishment for those aiding in the separation.

Members of the Trump administration argue these practices are a deterrent, and strengthen our borders from illegal immigration.

"That shouldn't be criminalized. They shouldn't be criminalized for wanting to flee from war or violence," said Harrington.

Though Thursday's protest may be over, protesters said the fight for these migr ants will continue on.

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