Around a hundred protesters were in the 7th Street Park in Hudson tonight, in an event organized by the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement. Some had drums, many had signs. The Sanctuary Movement explained on their Facebook page, what tonight's protest was about:
We will be meeting to protest the reprehensible treatment of immigrant children by ICE and other federal agencies, especially the policy of separating children from their families.
This new policy was enacted to be a "deterrent" from families seeking a new, safe future here in America. Almost 1500 children have been "lost" from ICE custody. This rally is not to "find" anyone. Many of these children have been placed with sponsors and family members.
We want to appeal to elected officials to stop a policy that systematically removes children from the care of their parents. To stress the importance of all families and the need to keep children with their parents.
No parent should be uncertain of the whereabouts of their children. No parent should live in fear of not seeing their child again.
We can simultaneously encourage an acceptance of migrant and asylum seeking families while encouraging policy that protects these families and keeps them together.
Please bring a candle since we will be closing out with a moment of silence for all of the lives lost while in ICE custody.
This event is in solidarity with the national Keep Families Together movement, holding events, marches, rallies, and blocking ICE buildings all day on Thursday.