#DefundHate My Day of Vigil at Homestead

Written by Maggie MacDonald:

These past two and a half years, each morning as I put on my safety pin, the anti-Brexit symbol for support of immigrants, I ask myself what I can do to resist the current regime in the US. Going to Homestead to protest at the for-profit detention camp for children was an obvious answer.

With Indivisible Gainesville I participated in the Lights for Liberty vigil on July 12, 2019. In my T-Shirt with a big heart reading “Los queremos” I joined others from the Gainesville/Ocala area, and well over 1,000 people in attendance from across the country, to call attention to the travesty that is Trump’s immigration policy.

The cruelty of holding children beyond the legal limit—a limit Trump is trying to remove—is unfathomable. The damage that has been done through their separation from family, their isolation, and their maltreatment will have repercussions for the rest of their lives.

At the vigil we listened to inspirational speakers, held our signs high, and joined in condemning an administration that knows no limits to the cruelty that it can inflict on innocent people fleeing their homeland, a homeland that the US has had a historical role in destroying.

Whether or not we influenced the closing of the Homestead facility we may never know, and recent articles suggest it may reopen this fall. Nevertheless, we were able to join with others to shine a spotlight on some of the atrocities committed by this administration.

My sign held a single word, SHAME!

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