Protesters Slam Trump Administration's Border Tactics

Steve Miller
June 05, 2018 - 3:30 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- About 200 demonstrators were in Federal Plaza for a rally Tuesday against the immigration policies of the Trump Administration.

Specifically, the demonstrators opposed the separation of children from their families.

Gwendolyn Walski of Oak Park was there with her 10-year-old daughter and her 3-year-old daughter.

She held a sign that read: "Families Belong Together."

"I am so saddened by the separation of mothers from their children and it makes me cry just thinking about it,” Walski said.

"My children -- I'm not sure how they would survive if someone ripped them out of my arms,” she added. “They would be traumatized for so long. I can't even imagine the amount of therapy one would have to go through to get over something like that."

Demonstrators blame the Trump Administration for choosing a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal entry.

The U.S. Justice Department says family separations are necessary because children can't go to jail with their parents. They are placed in shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services, while their parents face charges — in most cases, a misdemeanor charge for illegal entry.