The heat didn’t silence angered citizens Saturday afternoon, as hundreds gathered in downtown Milwaukee to protest actions taken by President Trump’s administration regarding families detained at the U.S./Mexico border.
Protesters gathered at the Milwaukee Federal building, less than a block from the Pfister Hotel, where President Trump spent the night last week Wednesday. Hundreds of similar marches took place across the country, with many individuals wearing white T-shirts as a sign of peace.
“There is no warmth, that is warmer than the touch of your mother,” said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, who spoke last at the rally. “These kids, when united, will have tremendous PTSD and suffer lifelong mental, physical and health consequences.”
Moore wore a Mylar blanket around her neck while speaking, in solidarity with children who are given similar blankets at ICE centers when they are separated from their families at the border. She said that she visited an ICE center a week earlier and saw firsthand the conditions many children live in at the border. “There ain’t no religion, nowhere that supports separating babies,” she said. “We need to do justice and love mercy.”
Lusciana Gomez came to the rally to support her father Gabriel Gomez, who announced his campaign for state assembly last weekend.
“It shouldn’t be a question whether or not you can keep your family,” she said. “This group of people, we have so much compassion and so much love and I think we can take that love and take that heart and take it to Washington and take it to Madison and make things right.”