ILG Staff and Community Members Rally for Immigrant Justice
When we found out that the anti-immigrant and hate group OFIR (Oregonians for Immigration Reform) organized a demonstration in front of the Mexican consulate, we sprung into action. Together with human rights activists, labor rights activists, and our allies in the fight for immigrant rights, ILG claimed the consulate July 18 to show our support for the thousands of children coming into the United States fleeing violence, abuse, and human trafficking in their home countries.
We drew inspiration from the poem mounted on the Statue of Liberty “cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, […] Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” As one sign said, these are everyone’s children.
To learn more about the humanitarian crisis facing our borders, check out this New York Times article by Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario and educate yourself with these Vox articles by reporter Dara Lind