Activists rally against immigration raids, detention centers

Threats of immigration raids in various cities across the country – including Miami – failed to materialize over the weekend even while President Trump maintains that arrests of undocumented immigrants did indeed occur and would continue. Immigration activists took to the streets in Washington, D.C. — one of many that took place nationwide – and just blocks from the White House.

Demonstrators cited the raids and the facilities where undocumented immigrants are being held awaiting processing, some for far longer than what has been customary in the past. The largest one holding unaccompanied minors is in Homestead, Florida, which houses 3,000 child migrants. Several members of the Florida congressional delegation are pushing to have it closed  permanently.

Activists say they will continue to hold demonstrations until the facility in Homestead and others along the U.S.-Mexico border are closed and will continue to push back against what they say are the President’s hardline immigration policies.

Osman López-Barraza and William Prego are reporters in the South Florida Media Network’s Washington, D.C., Bureau.


Osman López-Barraza is a senior Broadcast Media major at Florida International University. He was born in Honduras and moved to Miami at the age of 15. He quickly realized his passion for media and technology, and pursued a degree in Sound Engineering from Miami Dade College. After completing an internship with a television production company, his love for production and storytelling was born. He hopes to become a news director and serve as a mentor for people looking to break into the industry.

William Prego is a senior at Florida International University, studying journalism. He takes pride in writing and reporting news that must be heard and read by those who seek information. William is dedicated to providing insightful and inspirational writing to the South Florida community.