CLOSEFamilies Belong Together march in St. George draws more than 100

Protesters on the “Families Belong Together” march in Washington, D.C. give an explanation for why they’re becoming a member of the motion.
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Scores of other people marched in downtown St. George on Saturday morning as part of a nationwide protest in opposition to the Trump management’s “zero tolerance” immigration coverage.

The “Families Belong Together” rallies — more than 600, held in all 50 states — denounced the coverage that has ended in more than 2,00zero kids being separated from their oldsters on the U.S.-Mexico border. The St. George rally used to be one in every of 5 deliberate in Utah.

Marching alongside St. George Boulevard, resident Logan Kendell mentioned, “It’s just horrifying that anyone could think it’s OK to separate a minor from their parents. Especially people who are in such a desperate situation and just trying to make sure their families are safe.”

He mentioned coverage supporters “need to take a step back and find the line again because there’s no justification for it. … You can’t be OK with it and be an OK person.”

Marchers lift indicators, chant slogans

Participants, maximum strolling and a couple of using motorized scooters, met at Town Square to make indicators after which posed for footage earlier than heading up Main Street, alongside St. George Boulevard and again. The Washington County Democratic Party, which hosted the development, estimated more than 100 other people took phase.

The march used to be non violent. Participants held their indicators top as they chanted slogans together with, “Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here” and “Love not hate; make America great.” A handful of drivers honked in improve as they handed by means of.

There have been no counter-protests.

Maria Martinez, director of Southern Utah University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, mentioned she drove from Cedar City to be supportive of the households and to mention, “Even in Southern Utah, there are people who care about this.”

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Christopher Mendoza, the middle’s coordinator, mentioned the rally used to be a solution to “show visible support.” 

He mentioned having other people see marchers and listen to drivers honk in improve as they handed, it allowed citizens to attach and notice this is occurring right here and now. 

Immigration in Southern Utah

Shara Cottom carried an indication that learn, “St. George was built by immigrants.”

“My great-grandparents built the (LDS) temple, broke their china into the plaster,” she mentioned. “We came here as immigrants. We fled a county that had an extermination order against the Mormons, and we came out here … seeking refuge. So it’s important to remember who we are in this.”

“… It’s an incredible thing, but we have no right not to welcome all with open arms considering our history.”

Kelley Oar mentioned immigrants are nonetheless development St. George to these days by means of running on homes, harvesting meals and being a part of the group.

Taking motion

Many contributors Saturday mentioned they took phase as a method to do so and specific their emotions. 

“I have been very upset over separation of families,” mentioned Lexie Boyce, an established resident of St. George. “I mean, we live in a state of family values, and to see people separated — children from parents — breaks my heart. So I had to express it some way so I just wouldn’t get depressed.”

Carol Bold of St. George mentioned she marched as a result of she used to be “feeling helpless.”

St. George resident and marcher Daphne Selbert mentioned, “There is a real sense of sympathy for what’s happened with these children, where they’ve just sort of said, you know, ‘We’ll just put them away.’ And I can’t imagine as a mother or grandmother what that must feel like.”

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“I’m alarmed by the divisions in the country, in a country that was built on immigration,” she mentioned. 

She mentioned ordered a replica of the Constitution so she’d be “more in tune with that which we learned in ninth-grade civics.”

“It’s important that we be proud of our country and the privileges it has afforded us, but I think also we need to be citizens of our world,” Selbert mentioned.

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