ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 100 protesters gathered on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Tuesday afternoon to protest Trump’s immigration plan as well as his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Protesters held signs that read “Who would Jesus deport?”, “Refugees Welcome,” and “Families know no borders.” Speakers addressed the crowd, leading chants and sharing their experiences as immigrants.
“Our families are being targeted and we’re fighting back,” one of the speakers said through a PA system.
Organizer Barbara Lemaire, of Indivisible Nob Hill, said her group formed in response to Trump’s election. When they heard about ICE raids happening around the country, they decided to hold an immigration rally.
Lemaire said she believes Trumps policies will hurt families living in the United States.
“It’s going to tear families apart. You’re sending people who have not lived in Mexico, or whatever place you’re sending them to, for most of their life,” she said. “It’s cruel. And it seems to me that it lacks a certain justice.”
The Department of Homeland Security rolled out sweeping new immigration orders Tuesday that broaden the government’s ability detain and deport undocumented immigrants.
The rally wrapped up around 5:30 p.m. as protesters sang “America the Beautiful.”
As most protesters were leaving, a scuffle broke out that appeared to be non-political. A woman claimed a man made lewd comments to her and grabbed her, and a group of young men then jumped on him and punched him.
Organizers separated those who were fighting.