Immigration protest held outside Customs and Border Protection office in Warwick
By: Scott Cook
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) -- Lots of honks of support and a few calls of complaints greeted a group who gathered outside of the Customs and Border Protection office in Warwick to display their disgust with President Donald Trump's current immigration policy.
"We are here because the us government is now prosecuting 100% of refugees and migrants that come ask us for help, and in turn taking their children and putting them in a sort of federal detention," said event organizer, Gabriela Domezain.
The group expressing their disdain with the ever–growing number of children being forcibly taken from their families at the border.
"It is not just the horrendous action when children are separated from their parents," said Elizabeth Burke Bryant, of Rhode Island Kids Count. "This is a trauma that is life–long. It has an impact on children's developing brains."
"To separate immigrant families from their kids, this is awful," said Aniece Germain, an immigrant from Haiti. "It is cruel and inhumane. This is not the America we used to be."
Germain continued, "I have three beautiful sons and I would not even be able to imagine what I would feel if somebody took my sons from me."
Meanwhile, the Trump administration sticking to the same narrative.
U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, saying on May 7th, "If you don't want your child to be separated, don't bring them into the country illegally."
But for the group in Warwick, Friday's demonstration was a step in the right direction.
"The amount of people who have showed up and who have shown their support on Twitter and Facebook show the true heart and soul of Rhode Island," said Gabriela Domezain. "Every single day we must speak up because every day we don't, those children are detained alone without any advocates."
The group felt their message was heard after someone within the customs and border protection office called the cops on their peaceful protest.