In Tampa Bay area on June 30, groups that are against the Trump administration immigration policies have issue rallies to protest what the organizers are calling “the administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.” The rallies that are schedule for this Saturday in Tampa Bay is part of the national movement that brings activist around the country to join on Saturday on helping to send the message to the Trump administration. Among the sponsors of the local events are the American Civil Liberties Union and Indivisible FL-13. According to the national Families Belong Together movement, “As parents, it is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our government actions re-violate them, causing untold damage. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers’ arms by our own government,” and “this is violent abuse and as a concerned citizens and voters we state, unequivocally, that this is not in line with American values. We oppose the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, ICE, and other federal immigration agencies. We are disheartened by the lack of leadership in Congress whose job is to be a check on the federal government when it overreaches and abuses its power. We are calling for immediate reforms and an end to this barbarism.”

According to organizers from the Tampa Bay event, “Despite Trump’s ‘executive order,’ we are still taking action on June 30, camps and tents cities where immigrants are detained ‘together as families’ are no better than camps and tent cities where they are detained separately. The administration has indicated zero willingness and zero plan to reunite those children already separated from their families.” According to the National organizers, “The executive order that Donald Trump signed… is not a solution to the crisis created by this administration; it keeps kids imprisoned indefinitely and doesn’t reunite thousands of separated families. But it does show the administration is reacting to public pressure, so we will continue to increase our pressure for justice at hundreds of events on Saturday, June 30, to say that families belong together – and free.”

Tampa Bay Rallies;

Hillsborough County

10 a.m.

Joe Chillura Courthouse Square

Tampa

Gulfport

1:30 p.m.

Gulfport Casino

5500 Shore BLVD. S

Waterfall Drive

Spring Hill

5 p.m.

Spring Hill Waterfall

Waterfall Drive

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