Demonstrators Demand Humane Treatment, Reunification Of Immigrant Families

Immigration rally shut down South Side streets Monday afternoon

Joe DeStio
June 25, 2018 - 6:33 pm
Immigration Rally

Joe DeStio


PITTBSURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Demonstrators marched through the South Side Monday afternoon demanding better treatment of immigrant families.

Over 100 people gathered on Sydney Street around 2 p.m., shutting down the street near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in protest of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and demanding reunification of immigrant families separated at the border.

The demonstrators marched across the Hot Metal Bridge holding signs saying “Immigration Rights Are Human Rights” and “Not One More Deportation” while chanting “Shut down ICE.”

Organizers included the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Casa San Jose, Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh United, Pittsburgh Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and local immigrants.

President Trump signed an executive order last week ending family separation at the border, but organizers of the demonstration say the order does nothing to improve treatment of immigrants or reunite those family members.

Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this story. 

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