Protesters shut down Broward intersection, call for ICE to be abolished

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 12:48:51-04

MIRAMAR, Fla.-- A protest calling for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has shut down a Miramar intersection on Wednesday.

The protest near the ICE Field Office in Miramar is made up of nannies and mothers, according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance advocacy organization.

"Nannies and mothers from Women Working Together, the Miami Workers Center and the National Domestic Workers Alliance will rally in South Florida to denounce the inhumanity and harm being caused to children at the hands of ICE due to the Trump administration’s 'Zero Humanity' and family detention policies," the advocacy group said in a press release. "The groups will join immigrant youth, families and advocates to demand that the ICE Field Office in Miramar be closed down and that ICE be abolished at the federal level."

Footage from the scene shows demonstrators lying down on the road in the middle of the intersection of 145th Avenue and 29th Street.

President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration generated controversy as his administration faced sharp criticism over the separation of children and families.

The administration has since said it would work to reunite separated families.

“Our kids are being denied their basic rights to live and develop with their families. We demand that they are treated fairly, with respect, dignity and free of hate,” Women Working Together representative Yaquelin Lopez said.

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