Ron LeeJun 21, 2018, 10:58 amJun 21, 2018, 11:12 am

Immigrants’ rights group stage overnight demonstration at LaGuardia

Protesters came together hours after president signed executive order to end family separations


QUEENS, N.Y. — A protest over the separation of immigrant parents from their children took place at Terminal B of LaGuardia Airport from about 10 o'clock Wednesday night until about 2 o'clock Thursday morning.

American Civil Liberties Union officials estimate hundreds of people gathered along the curb of the Terminal B to express concern about how the government has handled its “zero tolerance” immigration policy when it comes to separating children from their parents.

Various social groups and immigrants’ rights groups joined voices to sing "We Shall Overcome" as they expressed a message of "families belong together." Some say they gathered at LaGuardia because they heard planes were bringing in children who had been separated from their families. Demonstrators say they came to support them upon arrival.

The protest took place just a few hours after President Trump signed an executive order to end family separations. However, many expressed concerns that those who have already been separated would not immediately be reunited.

No arrests in connection with that protest have been reported.

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