The Joliet Herald-News - July 1, 2018 | Original article

By Alex Ortiz

Hundreds gathered and marched Saturday in Joliet to protest the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The demonstration happened the same day as several others across the country under the banner of “Families Belong Together.” In Joliet, demonstrators met in the Chicago Street Plaza, across from the Rialto Square Theatre, where several speakers took the stage to speak out.

The speakers, many of whom were local elected officials, shared stories reported about children being held in detention facilities around the country. Alicia Morales, a trustee on the Joliet Junior College board, shared one account from a public defender in McAllen, Texas, which described the methods authorities used to separate the families. The parents were told their children would only be taken for a short time for a bath, and it wasn’t until hours later that they realized what happened.

Speakers such as state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, also called for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“We’re here today to call on the president of the United States and every member of the United States Congress to begin working together immediately to adopt an immigration policy that promotes opportunity, safety, fairness and fulfills our pledge that our land is a land of justice and liberty for all,” McGuire said.

Read the entire story at The Joliet Herald-News here.

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