Groups opposed to U.S. immigration policies, including tear-gassing of Central American immigrants on the southern U.S. border, gathered Saturday to demand change.
Carrying signs and shouting slogans, the protesters at the Stop the Tears rally drew both support and opposition from passing motorists at the intersection of Park Avenue and Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.The protest was part of a series of demonstrations around the country this weekend.
The protest was arranged in response to the tear-gassing of immigrants, many seeking asylum, who were trying to come into the country from Mexico.
” What has this country become when children are being tear gassed, unprecedented numbers of children are being held in detention indefinitely instead of in loving communities and children are still being indiscriminately separated from their
parents? Children are escaping trauma and we are further traumatizing them. This is not the America I know, and these policies run antithetical to our core American values.,” said Dr. Eve Krief, a pediatrician and founder of Long Island Inclusive Communities Against Hate.
The local protest involved religious groups, pediatricians, activists and others.
“Sheer humanity calls for a louder cry against what is happening,” protester Lorraine Shallow of Huntington said.
The protest involved numerous organizations, including Long Island Inclusive Communities Against Hate, Together We Will Long Island and Families Belong Together Long Island and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics NY Chapter 2 Latinos Unidos de Long Island, Suffolk Progressives, Long Island Activists, Action Together Long Island, Show Up Long Island, Get2Work Long Island, Long Island Network for Change,The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, Huntington Rapid Response, Young Progressives of Nassau County, PEER/NYPAN-Progressive East End Reformers, Pantsuit Nation Long Island, Liberally Long Island, Dedicated
to Democracy, NY 2nd District Democrats, Raising Voices, Long Islanders for Gun Safety, NOW Nassau County, NOW NYS, Interfaith Clergy Council of Syosset, Woodbury, Cold Spring Harbor, Westbury and Jericho, Congregation Simchat Halev, Organize-Plan-Act, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates and Central American Refugee Center.