Join local artists, poets, musicians, & faith leaders to show support and solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, family, and friends. In a time of hostility and fear of “the other”, we will extend peace, love, and welcome.
June 15, 2019 at 10am-12am
Heritage Square, Austin Ave. & 4rd St.
The Waco Immigrants Alliance, in partnership with local churches and faith leaders, schools and social service agencies, and concerned citizens of Waco, will gather to celebrate the richness and diversity that our immigrant brothers and sister bring to the community, and proclaim peace and family unity in this time of divisive rhetoric and fear-inciting misinformation. Local musicians, poets, and artists will participate in the community gathering.
-Thousands of immigrant children have reported sexual abuse inside of the for-profit child detention camps. (www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/immigrant-children-sexual-abuse.html)
-It could take years to reunite the thousands of immigrant families who are traumatized and are still separated by the “zero-tolerance” policy. (www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/us/family-separation-trump-administration.html)
-Hundreds of families are still being unnecessarily separated at the border, after we’ve already seen the US’s inability to reunite them in a timely manner and protect children from harm. (www.vox.com/2019/2/21/18234767/parents-separated-children-families-border-trump-jails)
-Immigrant justice workers along the southern border have witnessed the blocking and closure of the legal ports of entry, ultimately barring asylum seekers from the Constitutionally protected legal right to applying for asylum. (www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/border-agents-turning-away-blocking-people-seeking-asylum-report-n754416)
-On April 3, 2019, in the city of Allen, Texas, over 280 families were devastated by ICE raids at a local technology business. (www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/us/texas-immigration-raid.html)
-Daily in McLennan County, mothers and fathers are separated from their children and grandchildren for non-violent and civil immigration offenses for as long as several years. These individuals are awaiting trial in a dangerous facility run by LaSalle Corrections, a for profit prison company with a reputation for egregious human rights abuse. The Jack Harwell Detention Center has failed 3 inspections in 7 months (one triggered after a death in October 2018).
We are uniting as one Waco family to say, once again, that “Families Belong Together!” This is our priority.
We continue to call on our Congressman Bill Flores to lead this cause in Washington, working to create a comprehensive immigration reform plan rather than spend resources on traumatizing children and destroying families- the fabric of our nation!
We can, and must, do better.
#wacowelcomesall #wacowelcomesimmigrants #bettertogether #wacoiswonderfull #familiesbelongtogether