In the last week of June, cities and towns around the U.S. held rallies to show their support for immigrants after President Trump directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct mass raids to roundup migrant families with deportation orders across the country. That order was later delayed by Trump on June 22. In New Haven, Connecticut, more than 200 people attended a rally in front of City Hall on June 26.
Those gathered opposed Trump’s punitive immigration policies and the dangerous conditions at U.S.-run detention camps. Activists had an additional goal of pressuring New Haven’s Mayor Toni Harp to commit to supporting a sanctuary ordinance to protect the city’s undocumented immigrants. Activists asked Harp to formally codify an earlier directive to police not to ask persons they come in contact with, about their immigration status.
Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus attended the rally and present excerpts from two speeches. We first hear from Anghy Idrovo, with CT Students for a Dream. She’s followed by the Rev. Vicky Flippin, pastor of New Haven’s First & Summerfield United Methodist Church, which has been providing sanctuary to Nelson Pinos at the church building for the past 18 months.