Protests in Norfolk against family separation policy


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Several dozen protesters stood on the steps of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office in downtown Norfolk on Saturday in a display of opposition to the separation of families by immigration enforcement officers. 

The crowd chanted “No more cages, no more raids,” and sought to portray migrants as refugees seeking asylum rather than criminals. 

The protest was organized by Disrupt The Elite Virginia and the Industrial Workers of the World General Defense Committee. 

“Refugees are not criminals,” read one poster. Another sign read “Welcome refugees and migrants.” 

Last Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order the White House said would end the policy of family separation. 

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border within 30 days.

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