By: Jerad Karasek
Last Saturday, a movement to protest the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and to pressure them into reuniting families separated at the border took place in cities across the nation. The current policy allows for authorities to keep immigrant families detained until their cases are complete, meaning families could spend years in detention.The protest in Chicago amassed a crowd of over 50,000 people, according to police. The event lasted for three hours, starting at the Richard J. Daley Center and ending at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 101 W. Congress Pkwy. The streets of Chicago were filled with protesters dressed in white, holding signs articulating their frustrations with current policy, and chanting “yes we can”, so several roads had to be closed along the way to the ICE offices.
The excessive heat warning in Chicago proved to be no hindrance to the angry protesters vouching for improved rights for immigrants and their families. Protesters were encouraged to wear white in solidarity and many held signs speaking out against the Trump Administration.