Area residents plan to voice their concerns about President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy Sunday in Woodstock.
Although Trump signed an executive order to stop controversial family separations, some locals remain concerned about the fate of undocumented immigrants – especially children, according to a news release sent by event coordinator Patrick Murfin.
“The president’s action amounts to a bait and switch con, not a real solution to the humanitarian crisis on the border that his administration created,” Murfin said in a statement. “In fact, it is unclear how many families will be effected for how long and leaves the more than 2,000 children already torn from their parents in the virtual internment camps where they are being held with little prospect of ever being reunited with their parents.”
Murfin said the administration’s actions threaten “to make indefinite family detention a reality in direct contradiction to current law.”
Trump maintains the nation needs “very strong borders.”
“We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said in the Oval Office before departing for a campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, earlier this week.
Sunday’s Families Belong Together rally is sponsored by the Illinois League of United Latin American Citizens, McHenry County Progressives, Democratic State Central Committeeman Peter Janko and the Tree of Life Social Unitarian Universalist Congregation Justice Team.
The 1 p.m. rally, which will begin around the gazebo on Woodstock Square, 121 W. Van Buren St., will feature an invocation by the Rev. Lou Ness, an Episcopal deacon, and appearances by local progressives. The Rev. Eric C. Fistler, senior pastor of the First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, will offer the benediction.
The rally will be followed by a
2 p.m. march around the Square.