Saturday, June 16, 2018
VIGIL: Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, 3700 W Ursula Avenue, South McAllen, TX 78503
On Father’s Day, Families Gather at Detention Center to Protest Trump’s Family Separation Policies
South McAllen, Texas – On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m. CT, People’s Action will join families, advocates, and allies holding a vigil in front of the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center in South McAllen, Texas in support of all the children held inside without their parents.
People’s Action Director George Goehl will be at the border vigil along with other People’s Action families. We are joining in demanding that the Trump administration end its cruel policies of separating parents from their children at the border and traumatizing immigrant families.
“We are witnessing a whole new level of attack on migrant families,” said Goehl. “There is no question the race and ethnicity of those who are seeking asylum is the determining factor in the crisis that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have manufactured. Our country’s history is marked by moments where we stood down racism and hatred and moments where we didn’t. As a nation, let’s get it right this time.”
What to expect:
- During the Sunday vigil, an 11-year-old girl from Florida will share messages of support from children in her community.
- Fathers and grandfathers, faith leaders and community members from around the country are leaving their home to attend the vigil.
- People’s Action participants are traveling from as far away as New York and the mountains of North Carolina, many bringing their children.
WHERE: Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center: 3700 W Ursula Avenue, South McAllen, TX 78503
WHEN: Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m. CT
WHO: Families, activists and representatives of National Domestic Workers Alliance, People’s Action, United We Dream, ACLU, America’s Voice,Women’s Refugee Commission, Faith in Action and Fuerza del Valle
Background: The family trauma is unfathomable in McAllen:
Authorities ripped a baby from the arms of her Honduran mother, as she was breastfeeding;
More than 1,500 children are being housed in a former Walmart;
As reported by Nick Miroff of the Washington Post, Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who was separated from his wife and child, committed suicide while in detention. Muñoz fled violence in Honduras.bh