A protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio.
The crowd chanting “let our babies go,” holding signs in a peaceful protest at ICE.
“It’s a sad fact that in 2016 people have to come out and protest the idea that we are putting babies in prisons for profit,” immigration attorney and Executive Director of RAICES Jonathan Ryan told KTSA News.
The crowd was calling for the end of family detention.
“Our country is diverting hundreds of millions of dollars to private companies who are profiting off the detention of asylum seekers, of vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community,” he said.
Sister Sharon Alterndorf said no women and no child should be in prison.
“They’ve been coming from drama, from violence, from chaos, trying to survive,” she said. “And in the midst of it, they come here and they receive this negative trauma on top of it, thinking we might receive them with welcome.”