By Yuhan Zhao SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)—People in Syracuse are answering the call from coalitions to close the detention camps. Protesters gathered at the federal building on October 11 around 12 o’clock. Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network, along with 9 other organizations, have planned this event as part of the nationwide actions “Close the Camp!”.
People joined the march out of anger. One of the protestors criticized Trump’s attitude and polity towards immigrants. She says, “I just want to say nobody is illegal. Everybody is equal.”
Inhumane treatment in detention camps has raised national concern since August. According to data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, 13 thousand immigrants have been detained at the border in one single day. However, the detention camps are only designed for holding 6,000 people at most. Organizers of the protest believe that there is no reason for detention camps to exist. Every family has its right to apply for long-term asylum in the US.
Protestors not only call for changes in the detention camps, but also want the ICE office which has been stayed in the shadow to step forward. Jessica Maxwell with Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network points out that the ICE office in Syracuse has no sign, no labeling. Law enforcement in this level staying in secrecy is incredibly problematic.
Non-profit organizations in Syracuse are trying to spread out their concerns. And meanwhile, keep track of immigrants, letting them know what their best choices are in the face of inhumane treatments.