Pensacola protesters call for an end to 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Crowds of people dressed in white and holding signs high gathered on the grounds of City Hall in downtown Pensacola Saturday morning.
Protesters came together to protest against President Trump's immigration policies, specifically children who are still separated from their parents at the U. S. southern border.
Some people held American and Central American flags while chanting.
Others who were there included mothers who brought their children.
Veterans and high school students were also in downtown to protest.
"You need to be active and you need to get out there because nothing can get done unless you do it," said one 18-year-old high school student.
Karen McDermand says it was the first time she attended a rally.
"This is the first time I finally hit the streets to protest" said McDermand.
McDermand says when she heard the news of protests growing across the country, she knew she needed to do something.
"We treat animals at the humane society better than these children," McDermand said.
That was the case for several people who were there, including Michael Potters.
"My grandparents, when they were teenagers, were immigrants who came over here where they were persecuted in eastern Europe," Potters explained.
Margaret Albrecht said showing up to the rally was the right thing to do after children were forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.
"At least when they interned the Japanese they did not take away the children away from the parents," Albrecht said.
"I actually would be pleased if the world court would consider filing charging of crimes against humanity against my own government. I never thought I would be living to say that kind of a thing," said Potters.
Local speakers told the crowd to take an active role in the fight for immigration reform in the upcoming election, such as calling and writing to congressmen and local leaders.