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.