Immigrant child separation protest hits Spokane

Immigrant child separation protest hits Spokane

Hundreds of children’s shoes lined Post Street just outside of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office Thursday afternoon. They were meant to represent a fraction of the more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their families due to federal immigration policy.

Protesters held signs pleading with McMorris Rodgers to start or support legislation that would reunite those children with their families.

“We’ve seen an outpouring of support and outrage from across the community on this issue,” declared Jim Dawson with Fuse Washington – the organization that called for the protest.

“We think it’s high time for Congress to take swift action on it and it’s unconscionable that it’s taken this long for Cathy McMorris Rodgers to take action.”

There were similar rallies outside of the offices of Republican Representatives all over Washington. Each rally was connected by the hashtag “#WalkAMileInOurShoes.”

The Congresswoman released a statement last month claiming she did not believe children should be separated from their parents for breaking federal immigration laws. This afternoon, she was not available for comment.