Yesterday, Americans all across the country protested the horrific conditions migrant children and families are currently facing in immigration detention centers at the border.
Public outcry has been simmering for weeks as children have died, while the Trump Administration argued that soap and toothbrushes aren’t necessary to meet basic safety and sanitary standards at detention centers. Recent reports also show that migrants are being denied running water and told to drink water from the toilets. In addition, reports show the Trump Administration is flagrantly violating the law by keeping children in detention well past the legal limit.
Furthermore, over 9,000 current and former border patrol agents who are tasked with overseeing detention centers were found to be a part of a racist, sexist, and xenophobic Facebook group. The existence of this group raised additional concerns about the need to screen CBP agents for white nationalist connections.
You can sign the petition calling for CBP agents to be screened for ties to white nationalists groups, here.
But Americans from Tennessee to New York to Indiana and Nevada showed up in full force across the country yesterday to say that America can do much better than the cruelty we are currently demonstrating.
Here are some of the photos from across the nation:
— America’s Voice (@AmericasVoice) July 12, 2019
— America’s Voice (@AmericasVoice) July 12, 2019
Tonight we stand with our immigrant neighbors. Not only that, we ARE our immigrant neighbors. We are all connected. And we stand against this evil injustice of concentration camps happening yet again, for at least the third time in history. #LightsforLiberty #Lights4Liberty #AVL pic.twitter.com/FaaGlxoUr2
— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) July 13, 2019
— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) July 12, 2019
Tonight we harness our grief to continue Hector Figueroa’s legacy of powerfully and unapologetically fighting for immigrants in our country. #DontLookAway #Lights4Liberty #HereToStay pic.twitter.com/dKLhTZQGlD
— 32BJ SEIU (@32BJSEIU) July 12, 2019
#LightsForLiberty Fresno event: The #UFW is proud to stand with our communities against the inhumanity of Trump administration #Immigration practices! #Lights4Liberty #DontLookAway @Lights4Liberty pic.twitter.com/aqAXrDufX7
— United Farm Workers (@UFWupdates) July 13, 2019
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 13, 2019
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) July 13, 2019
— Marie Izzo MEd (@imtizzo01) July 13, 2019
— ORD2indivisible (@ORD2Indivisible) July 13, 2019
— Nevada NOW (@NevadaNOW) July 13, 2019
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) July 13, 2019
— Bruce Mirken (@BruceMirken) July 13, 2019
— Alyssa Eisenstein (@alyssaeisen) July 13, 2019
MASSIVE CROWD gathering NOW w/ INBK showing up in full force in Foley Square for tonight’s #LightsforLiberty vigil. We’re here to demand our leaders in congress ACT immediately to #CloseTheCamps, #DefundHate & fight for immigrant communities. pic.twitter.com/HtE291LnMG
— Indivisible NationBK (@bkindivisible) July 12, 2019
— Ruth Adkins (@RuthJA) July 13, 2019
— Sierra West Secures the Bag 2020 (@SierraCWest) July 13, 2019
— Stacy E (@gtstac) July 13, 2019
Chants of “Why are we here? To shut down Palantir!”
Never seen as many people marching in Palo Alto, or as many shocked onlookers. pic.twitter.com/bxeq3clxsX
— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) July 13, 2019
— Kim L (@kimleonard) July 12, 2019
— Gina Walkington (@GinaWalkington) July 13, 2019
— ＃Ｊｕｓｔｉｃｅ４Ｌｉｌｙਜਸਟਿਸ ਫੌਰ ਲ੍ਹਿਲੀ (@Yogini) July 13, 2019
— Rachel Small (@rach_small) July 12, 2019
— Bella Ross (@bellamayaross) July 13, 2019
Over 100 people came for the #Lights4Liberty vigil in Berlin to call for the end of detention camps & the inhumane treatment of migrant children and families in the United States #CloseTheCampsNow #NeverAgainIsNow #DAresists pic.twitter.com/vCAM0JDDQm
— Dems Abroad Berlin (@DemsinBerlin) July 12, 2019
— Pills Mom LightsForLiberty.org (@PillsMom18) July 12, 2019
— Rutland County VT Democrats (@RutlandDemocrat) July 13, 2019
— Jacob Weindling (@Jakeweindling) July 13, 2019
Speaker: “We’ve been mistreating immigrants and putting people in concentration camps since before Trump. People have ‘just followed orders.’ We need to make that impossible!'” pic.twitter.com/CpIwmZZVta
— Eli Gerzon (@eligerzon) July 12, 2019
Today I had the honor of speaking at 3 #Lights4Liberty rallies in Northern Virginia.
My message in each was simple: What kind of country do we want? Well then, show up and MAKE IT HAPPEN.
First, Manassas, VA, part 1: pic.twitter.com/GaRpSdMn7N
— Hassan Ahmad 🇺🇸 (@HMAesq) July 13, 2019
— Framingham District2 (@FramDist2) July 13, 2019
— Jeffrey Perlman 🔥 (@perlmaji) July 12, 2019
— Lynn Glover (@LynnMarie19125) July 13, 2019
— Debbie Warburton (@DebWarburton1) July 12, 2019
— Tara Patterson (@tpatt356) July 13, 2019
— Ria Lynch (@RiaLynch82) July 12, 2019