June 28, 2018 500 AM
ALPINE – Local organizers have teamed up with Moveon.org to host a Families Belong Together Rally in Alpine at noon on Saturday, June 30, on the Brewster County Courthouse lawn. Thousands throughout the nation will join the rallying cry of “families belong together” on Saturday as protesters gather in Washington, D.C. and in more than 600 other cities around the country to rally against the separation of migrant families on the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of what’s known as the “zero tolerance” policy.
According to moveon.org and organizers of the nation-wide rally, “Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics. Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families- and we won’t allow it to continue. Join us on June 30th to send a clear message to Trump and Republicans in Congress as we stand together against the administration’s cruel practice of separating children and parents when they attempt to enter the United States seeking asylum. As a border community, this practice is close to home. We need to make it clear to the world that we as Americans, as fellow citizens of the world, oppose this practice and we won’t be silent.”
Those organizing the rallies argue that the executive order signed last week to halt the separations while upholding the “zero tolerance” policy does absolutely nothing to reunite families who have been separated because of the policy, nor is it a solution to the crisis created by the administration.
According to FBT organizers, “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.”
Organizers in at least 34 cities in Texas will join in the nationwide call to action.