Hundreds Attend Austin ‘Close The Camps’ Protest

Chris Fox
July 03, 2019 - 6:27 am
Austin, Texas

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The protesters gathered on Tuesday at Republic Square just a block from U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s downtown Austin office calling for the closure of the migrant detention camps along the Texas and Mexico border.

Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett sent a message read over a bullhorn by one of his staffers that took aim on President Trump’s immigration policy. Diana Gomez read to the crowd,

“Trump says America is closed to those seeking safety here. He demands a zero-tolerance policy and is willing to yank toddlers away from the loving arms of mothers and place them in a cage. The zero-tolerance policy that I support is zero tolerance for bigotry and the demonization of foreigners spewing from this White House” said Doggett.

Former Democratic Congressional candidate Julie Oliver was one of the featured speakers. She argued against the migrant detention camps set up along the Texas/Mexico border saying, “Right now in our state, in our country families and children are being subjected to intentional cruelty, an unconscionable cruelty. As we know six children have died. Families have been separated from their children. These families need and deserve justice.”  

The Austin demonstration was part of the national ‘Close the Camps’ protest in cities all over the United States.