Hundreds gather at Chesco courthouse to keep families together in wake of immigration crackdown

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 6/30/18.

WEST CHESTER >> More than 600 demonstrators rallied on the historic courthouse steps Saturday morning as part of the nationwide Families Belong Together event.

The demonstrators protested to keep families together, reunite families, and end family detention, with a zero detention policy, following the internment of more than 2,000 children, separated from their parents, at the nation’s southern border.

Nine-year old Charlie Iannetta, of Wilmington, spoke for fellow children and probably summed up the event’s intent best.

“Children should not be split from their families,” Charlie said. “Children are not hostages.”

The Rev. Dan Schatz, of the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, said that detaining children is an assault on human rights, amounts to child abuse and can be interpreted as state-sponsored bigotry.

Immaculata’s Sister Eileen Reilly, IHM, said it is not a matter of what god we believe in.

“I yearn to feel once again to be a citizen in a country where all are welcome,” she said with a tear in her eye. “The policies of this administration are immoral, unethical and contrary to everything we believe in. Let us believe in a place where there is freedom for all.”…

Keep reading at Daily Local News, 6/30/18. See the full video of the rally, courtesy of Chester County Community TV Live, here. See also “Swarthmore rally knows ‘families belong together’” and “Crowds gather in Norristown to protest separation of families.” For the previous rally at the same location last Sunday, see “Big crowd rallies at courthouse against Trump immigration policies.”