People insisting on more humane treatment of immigrants plan to hold a Families Belong Together march and rally Saturday in downtown Statesboro.
Organizers want participants to gather outside the Bulloch County Annex on North Main Street for the march, slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. Marchers will proceed south along Main Street in front of the courthouse to East Main Street. The rally is proposed for the courthouse lawn, beginning around 11 a.m. at the conclusion of the brief march.
“We’re hoping to express our outrage with the current policies that the Trump administration has implemented on our southern border,” said Michael Woody, a Georgia Southern University student who is one of the organizers. “We believe that, as the title suggests, families belong together, and they were separating children out, detaining children as if they were hardened criminals.”
President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week to halt the separation of children from their parents when the parents are held by immigration authorities for entering the United States illegally. But that hasn’t solved the problem, say organizers of this and similar protests planned across the country.
“While we’re very happy that more families will be kept together, that executive order failed to address the current families, the 2,000 children currently separated from their parents, and it allows detaining children for extended periods of time without due process,” Woody said.
With several speakers expected for the rally, a time frame of 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. was announced for the overall event. A letter-signing activity, with local people signing letters to members of Congress, is planned, as is a voter registration effort.
Groups including Indivisible and the Bulloch County Democratic Party are involved in organizing the local event, Woody said.
MoveOn.org, the ACLU, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Leadership Conference are publicizing rallies Saturday across the nation. A map of these can be found at www.familiesbelongtogether.org.