Protesters Rally At Gary Airport To Denounce Deportations

Mike Krauser
October 27, 2018 - 1:49 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Activists in Northwest Indiana demonstrated against the weekly deportations from the Gary Airport, where about 20,000 undocumented immigrants have been put on planes in the past five years.  


“Families are destroyed every Friday morning, when people are shackled, pushed into the plane, flown to Brownsville and pushed across the border,” said Dr. Ruth Needleman of Northwest Indiana Resist.  She said deportations and family separations are “cruel, illegal and inhumane.” 


Black Lives Matter activist Lorrell Kilpatrick, of Gary, said they chose East Chicago for the protest because, she said, “This has been and will continue to be a hunting ground for these racist deportations.”   


She was joined by Bobby Geller, of Temple Israel in Gary, who read from the poem on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…”


Immigration Attorney Alfredo Estrada noted that East Chicago and Gary both have welcoming ordinances. He appealed to everyone not to allow what he sees as a loss of common decency.


“Ask yourself whether you’re doing enough in your lives to make sure all humanity is respected,” he said.