Protesters Say Church Is Helping Detain Migrant Children

Nancy Harty
April 21, 2019 - 5:25 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Opponents of immigrant family separations used the Easter holiday to push for change.

Capitalizing on large crowds outside Holy Name Cathedral, about a dozen protesters chanted "Close down the baby jails" and handed out leaflets to those waiting to get in.

Rozalinda Borcila said she and others with the group Little Village Solidarity Network demand the Chicago Archdiocese to stop operating what they say are detention centers for immigrant children at Maryville Academy.

She rejects the notion that the church is providing education, healthcare and other services for immigrant children housed in what the church considers shelters.

Borcila says the archdiocese should instead be using its money and influence to get the policy changed.

WBBM has reached out to Maryville and the Archdiocese for comment.

After Cardinal Blase Cupich toured detention facility run by Heartland Alliance last year, he thanked those caring for the children and called for the quick reunification of immigrant children and their parents.