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1500 protesters say ‘Families belong together, end deportations’ in Tampa, FL

By Chrisley Carpio |
July 1, 2018
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Tampa protests Trump's attacks on immigrants.
Tampa protests Trump's attacks on immigrants.

Tampa, FL - Over 1500 community members gathered, June 30, in downtown Tampa to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating undocumented children from their parents. This protest was part of a day of action called under the slogan of ‘Families Belong Together.’ This day of action follows the discovery that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been keeping undocumented children in cages in detention centers and forcibly separated from their parents. The protest advocated for the abolition of ICE, the reunion of these families, and the end of deportations.

Protesters gave speeches opposing Trump's racist message of hate and xenophobia. Their chants included, "No fear, no hate, immigrants make America great" and "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido." "There's no such thing as an illegal human," one of the event facilitators repeated throughout the event. The speakers included multiple undocumented mothers who told anecdotes of their own experiences; one talked about her son, who was deported and then killed right after he arrived back in Mexico.

Speakers emphasized that we have to continue building a movement against deportations by hosting more protests and becoming politically radical.

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