Dozens of activists from across Vermont joined nationwide protests Saturday against family separation policies.
“I think the separation of children and families is an absolute immoral outrage, and I can’t be silenced about it,” said Bernie Carver, one of the protesters.
They stood outside the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Offices in Williston. Signs were flying high with messages calling out what they say is negligence by the Trump administration to reunite families crossing the border.
In June, a California federal judge ordered that children and parents must be reunited within 30 days. That deadline passed on Thursday, and only about a third of those families have been reunited.
Children’s shoes and clothing were on display, representing the hundreds of children that remain in government custody.
Protesters blocked cars from getting through Harvest Lane and police detained 13 people. Some protesters say that won’t stop them from speaking out.
“This is a human rights emergency, it’s a national emergency and I think people are upset enough that they’ll do anything they have to do to get more attention on this issue,” said David Feurzeig, a protester.