Hundreds protest in 'Families Belong Together' rally in SeaTac
SEATAC, Wash. - The immigration battle headed to the streets Saturday morning.
Thousands of protesters in all 50 states are sending a message that "Families Belong Together."
For protesters in the area, the fight is far from over. Protesters began rallying outside the SeaTac Federal Detention Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.
On Friday at Casa Latina, immigrant mothers and fathers prepared to rally for fellow immigrant families who've been on the same journey—only to be torn apart from their children.
"The sad, sad, sad part about this and the reality that people do not know about is that these agencies do not know where the children are,” said Casa Latina volunteer Palmira Figueroa. “They gave them to the foster care system, and there’s not a way to connect them with the parents that they ripped them apart from.”
Casa Latina is part of a coalition of about 30 immigrants rights organizations kicking off a series of week-long protests starting with the "Families Belong Together" rally on Saturday.
The Northwest Detention Center Resistance will also have a protest on Sunday, July 1, at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and vigils will be held outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at 1000 2nd Ave. every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. from July 1-6.
The SeaTac rally joins hundreds of protests across the country against the Trump administration's family separation and detention policies.
Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is at the Washington, D.C. rally she helped organize just days after being arrested with a group of women protesting there.
The coalition's goal now is to track down children impacted by the separation chaos and reunite them with parents.
"There's a lot of desperation, I'm not going to lie,” said Figueroa. “We're going to keep fighting, we're going to keep fighting the good fight and doing more coalitions and keep working together."