Around the United States the first weekend of July, Dominican Sisters and associates joined rallies and marches to end family separation. For photos and more information about the rallies and marches, please see below.
Here is a short segment that is posted on the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Facebook page. “Sr. Beth captured part of Valeria’s speech but most especially this interaction. Valeria is a teacher at our high school here in Springfield, on our anti-racism team, and on the immigration advocacy network group. She is a first generation Cuban American and was sharing of her parents tragedies and finally arriving in the US. She is also the mother of 18 month old Elena who didn’t want to stay with her Dad, Juan, yesterday but wanted her Mom who was on the stage. The whole interaction is a message of what this is all about.” – Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP
“According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, there were ‘several thousand’ people at a downtown rally yesterday in the 92-degree heat. We pretty much closed Wisconsin Avenue in front of the court house. A number of folks spoke, including our U.S. Representative Gwen Moore. One of the more poignant speeches was given by the ex-wife of a man who had come here as a 13-year-old, and had been here for almost 2 decades, marrying and having 4 children. Three weeks ago, he showed up at ICE for his mandated visa waiver check-in and was arrested. His kids have had no contact with him and do not know if they will ever see him again.
I think it terribly important that people know that separation of families is not happening just at the border. There were other speakers who reminded us that the Muslim ban also separates families, as does the incarceration of so many African American people for nonviolent offenses.”
Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa