Rally Held In Concord To Protest Trump's Family Separation Policy

Jun 1, 2018

About 60 people marched around the Federal Building in Concord on Friday. They protested the Trump administration's order to separate children from families at the border.
Credit Daniela Allee / NHPR

About 60 people gathered in front of the US Attorney's Office in Concord today to protest the Trump administration's order to separate children from families at the border. 

Demonstrators held signs that read "Stop Separating Families," and "Las Familias Deben Estar Juntas."

Speakers shared stories from the border, and talked about how deportations affect some New Hampshire communities.

Eva Castillo is the director of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.  For her, immigration policy has taken a turn for the worse but she sees a bright spot.

"If anything good can come out of this is that people are outraged now and that people are paying more attention and that little by little we’re gathering more support,” she said.  “Today we see a lot of faces I haven’t seen before in a rally."

Marion Conery is one of those new faces. She said she thinks of her five great grand kids when she hears stories of families being separated.

“I've been upset by what's going on for people who are coming here for asylum, getting their children taken away,” Conery said. “And from what I read it's a punishment for trying to find a better life."  

At the end of her talk, Castillo urged people make their voices heard and to contact their legislators.

“Si se puede,” she chanted. “Si se puede,” demonstrators chanted back.