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All-day vigil held to stop separation of families at US/Mexico border

<p>A group of advocates gathered at the U.S. District Court in hopes of spurring broader action.</p>

News 12 Staff

Jun 20, 2018, 3:55 PM

Updated 2,195 days ago


An all-day vigil was held outside Westchester's federal courthouse in White Plains Wednesday in protest of the separation of families at the U.S./Mexico border.
Advocates said separating immigrant families is wrong and that they wanted the public to know.
"The more pressure that we're putting on our elected officials, on the administration and on the public to not stay silent, the greater the chances that we'll achieve some movement. Perhaps starting with the children at the border, but even going more broadly to keeping the administration to its promise to focus on people who have actually committed other crimes, but not just entering the country and not just living here in an undocumented status. That should not be a reason to break these families apart," said advocate Lisa Genn.
The gathering came on the heels of a trip by another group who headed to Washington Wednesday morning to voice opposition to the separations.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to keep families together at border. He says a 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

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