John Lewis and other congressional leaders protested the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families.
John Cusack was also at the protest and drew attention to it on social media.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, appointed by President Trump, has a policy of separating families to discourage them from illegally crossing while seeking asylum in the US.
Congressional leaders — including Democratic representatives John Lewis, Raúl Grijalva, Jan Schakowsky, Luis Gutiérrez, Pramila Jayapal, and Joe Crowley — staged a sit-in in front of the US Customs & Border Protection offices in Washington, DC.
It was part of the Families Belong Together movement, which protests the Trump administration’s policy of separating families who illegally cross the border into the United States. According to the administration’s policy, parents seeking asylum are sent to jail before appearing in front of an immigration judge. Their children crossing with them are sent to foster care or government custody. Over 10,000 migrant children are in US government custody at 100 shelters in 14 different states, according to a May estimate.
“Release the asylum seekers and reunite them with their children. End family separation. NOW,” representative Jayapal wrote on Twitter. “Every hour that goes by is another hour of trauma for these moms, dads, little boys, girls and babies.”
“High Fidelity” and “Say Anything” actor John Cusack, a frequent Trump administration critic, also joined the protest. He posted about it on Twitter.
Some facts – from protest today – where they wouldn’t arrest us – even though we shut down the INS entrance pic.twitter.com/x7gWwgF3vW
— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 13, 2018
With the legend- today – Hitting the streets – pic.twitter.com/7V2JuoSIpB
— John Cusack (@johncusack) …read more
Source:: Business Insider