by Leslie Layton
Almost 50 people showed up for a protest Thursday in Paradise to oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of the people passing by on the Skyway honked in support of the protesters.
“I never thought I would be a person outside with a sign,” said one of the organizers, John Tackitt (pictured above behind the banner.) “But even if it’s just doing a little something, it’s something.”
Almost 500 children remain in government-run shelters, and it was reported today that the Trump administration wants to eliminate restrictions on the length of time minors can be held in detention centers. Under new regulations, children will be held indefinitely while their parents’ cases are pending in immigration court.
The Paradise demonstration was the last in a series of weekly or even twice-weekly protests that sometimes drew up to 80 people this past summer. Who knew there would be enough opposition to immigration policies in conservative Paradise to sustain a summer of protests?