Hundreds of activists gathered at LaGuardia Airport in New York City late Wednesday to welcome and show solidarity with migrant children who had been separated from their parents, New York Magazine reports.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2018
The New York airport became a host to protest against President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border policy. The crowd formed after it was revealed that children who had been separated from their parents under the policy were being flown into LaGuardia.
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) June 21, 2018
The protest formed after local officials released information that over 200 children had been flown into LaGuardia before being taken to New York immigration holding facilities since the “no-tolerance” policy started being enforced.
Even though Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end the family separation, there is no immediate effort to return the nearly 2,300 children who have already been separated from their families, The New York Times reported.
The order Trump signed will not stop children from being detained, either. Instead, they will be sent to detention centers across the country with their families to await an immigration trial.
Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), claimed that “there will not be a grandfathering of existing [child immigration] cases.”
However, the senior director of communications at ACF, Brian Marriott, said Wolfe was mistaken.
“It is still very early, and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter,” Marriott said, adding that “reunification is always the goal.”
Marriott said that ACF was currently working toward reuniting children and their families.
Before signing the executive order, Trump claimed that Congress was the only one that could “fix” the problem.