SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of protesters gathered in San Francisco Saturday morning to condemn the treatment of migrant families at the U.S. Mexico border.
Winnie Porter, who immigrated to the United States as a child, wore a mylar blanket. She says this is to show solidarity with immigrants. Pictures from detention centers show children wrapped in similar blanket. "I'm just so outraged it's really hard to put into words," said Porter. "We're wearing these blankets as a presentation of the pitiful attempt that our government has done to take care of our children in cages."
Saturday's "Keep families together" protest was organized by the Women's March Bay Area. It brought together activists, grassroots organizations, and public officials including San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed. "We will fight against injustice every single time!" she told the crowd.
"We need to push for comprehensive immigration reform but more importantly we can't give up," said Breed. "We can't just rally one time. We have to continue the fight over and over again."
"The worst thing we can do when faced with something as horrible and unjust as this is remain silent," said David Campos, chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party.
Campos immigrated to the United States as a child and stayed in a detention center. "I can tell you that it was a very traumatic experience and up to this day is ingrained in my mind and my memory. As horrific as it was it made it easier that my dad was with me in that facility," he said.
President Donald Trump did sign an executive order to end border separations. It instead allows families to be detained together.