Midcoast citizens turn out to protest detention of immigrant children

By Stephen Betts | Jul 05, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts A protest of the federal government's detention of immigrant children drew 75 people to Rockland Tuesday, July 2.

Rockland — Seventy-five people turned out Tuesday evening, July 2, for a protest of the federal government's policy of holding immigrant children in detention centers.

The protesters from around the Midcoast waved rainbow flags and held signs to voice their opposition to the detentions, particularly in the wake of reports of horrible conditions in the camps.

The protesters lined the sidewalk on Park Street by Chapman Park and across the street before marching along Main Street. Midcoast Maine Indivisible has been holding monthly protests.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 07, 2019 10:56

“In 1987, the Reagan administration announced blanket deferral of deportation for children left out of the 1986 congressional amnesty bill. This affected more than 100,000 families. Subsequently, in 1989, despite continued congressional inaction, George H. W. Bush extended “family fairness” relief to include spouses and unmarried children of the 1986 amnesty class, affecting up to 1.5 million family members. That came to over 40 percent of the 3.5 million undocumented immigrants at the time.

 

But don’t expect Republicans to refer back to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush tonight. When recalling history that runs counter to their current ideology they suffer a bad case of amnesia.” –Robert Reich



Posted by: Stephen Betts | Jul 07, 2019 09:43

People who seek asylum when they come to the United States are not breaking the law nor are they illegal. These terms that are used are simply ways to dehumanize people who have experienced hardships.



Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Jul 07, 2019 05:33

People in the Portland area are signing up to house illegal immigrants. That is very nice but they are in reality aiding people who have entered our country illegally. Breaking the law. How many of these protesters are taking in children who in the company of their parents, their "guardians", entered this country illegally? How many are willing to put their money where their mouth is and support them? I bet zero. Bleeding heart liberals don't usually do much to earn or support society as a whole. They talk and march and hijack the rainbow. The folks entering our country now are not immigrants. Immigrants come legally. These people are an invasion force sponsored by misguided idiots and socialists determined to overthrow our Republic.



Posted by: Carleton Ingerson | Jul 06, 2019 10:48

And, back in the days of Ellis Island the immigrants were INVITED, not illegal aliens. The word illegal seems to have no'

,meaning anymore. They are allowed to cross the border and given everything while thousands of veterans are living on the streets and getting nothing that they earned by serving their country.  Where is the justice there????



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 05, 2019 14:39

Looking forward to seeing where some immigrant family has been taken in by locals willing and able to do it.  "It takes a village."  :)



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 05, 2019 13:10

The wonderful work being done for the new influx of immigrants is profound. I do, however, worry about the future of these young adults without their parents. I wish there was a similar "Ellis Island" place where the people wait for the family sponsors, as was "back in the day" of Ellis Island. They were assured of home, jobs and protection by families who came first. Times do change but tax-payers should be heard and respected.

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever +:)



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