The progressive group Indivisible Morris organized a peaceful rally to protest White House immigration policies on the Morris Library Mall Tuesday night that was attended by some 80 community members. Organizer Judy Flicker told KMRS that she was very pleased with the turnout, since the event was put together on short notice, and it got her thinking about the nation’s founding and how immigrants founded and built our country. “But also,” Flicker said, “that we have a history of mistreating groups of people: the Native American, African Americans, Japanese-Americans, and now we’re doing it with immigrants at the border. And I just think that kind of behavior needs to stop.”
Flicker said letters will be sent to U.S. Senators Klobuchar and Smith, as well as U.S. Rep. Peterson, saying it is “unacceptable that there are thousands of children and families suffering right now in immigrant detention” and calling the separation of families “cruel and inhumane treatment that leads to lasting traumas.” At the rally, the names of the children who have died while in detention were read, followed by a minute of silence. One attendee shared information about plans to stop the former Appleton Prison from becoming an ICE Detention Center.