Protest planned June 14 at roundabout in Utica

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — On June 14, protesters in Utica will join with other demonstrations in other communities to rally and publicly protest the federal government’s practice of indefinitely separating immigrant children from their parents under the nation’s “zero tolerance” policy.

The protest rally will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Oneida Square Roundabout on Genesee Street. 

Since announcing the “zero tolerance” policy on May 7, Immigration Control Enforcement authorities officers have significantly increased the practice of separating families, local event organizers said. From May 6-19, 658 children (including infants) have been separated from 638 adults, the protest organizers claim.

Utica event organizers say the separations violate national and internation law, adding that many of the families impacted by the policy are are fleeing violence, seeking asylum and have committed no crimes.

In many cases where undocumented parents are separated from their children, arrested and completed serving time, they are deported back to their country of origin without their children. Currently ICE does not have a process for reunifying detained children back with their families, the protesters claimed.