From Fred Meyer to the offices of the Bureau of Land Management, an estimated 250 people lined Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard in Roseburg on Saturday morning to protest U.S. immigration policy that takes children away from parents that are trying to get into the U.S. along the Mexican border.

Demonstrators carried signs saying “Melt I.C.E.” (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), “Love kids, don’t cage them” and “End Trump’s Cruel Internment Camps,” and several other signs that that people had created and brought to the hour-long event to display, along the busy street.

The Roseburg protest was one of nearly 700 marches or protests across the U.S., from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the weekend.

Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His “zero tolerance policy” led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.

In Roseburg, the local event was organized by retired Roseburg attorney Diana Wales with a group called Indivisible Roseburg which is a part of the Indivisible movement, a national group whose mission on their website is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups to resist the Trump Agenda.

“It’s a coordinated effort to lobby our congressional delegation to do what’s right and resist what is wrong,” Wales said. “We hope to end the policies of the Trump administration that are traumatizing children, that’s what this is all about.”

Mike Kroning said he had been a lifelong Republican but left the party a month ago.

“To use children and families as a means to achieve political ends seems like a cruel means and we shouldn’t put people in dog kennels and that’s what we’re doing at the border,” Kroning said.

Retired pediatrician Dr. Larry Hall came from Glide to participate in the rally because he felt like he had to make a statement.

“We’re here because we think that imprisoning children and keeping them from their families is a form of child abuse,” he said. “We think it’s unconscionable, we’re horrified, and we’re ashamed for what our country has done to the children of immigrants.”

A Roseburg woman named Blair, who did not want to give her last name, said she the issue means so much to her, she felt she had to put herself into action.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s outrageous, it reminds you of the concentration camps and the Japanese internment camps and all of that, and he (Trump) says he’s taking it back and let’s see how long, and are there going to be some children that are lost forever,” she said.

“This is a crime against humanity,” said attorney David Morrison. “it’s a violation of the most fundamental human right that can be defined, to take a child or infant away from their parents.”

Horns honked occasionally as the morning traffic passed by the demonstrators, and Wales said most appeared to be in support of their efforts.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Willie Stroker

They say each of us have a bullet with our name on it. Democrats have about 120,000...

pwchoices

There seems to be plenty of parents of children from Central and South America who've placed their children's lives at risk on a "trek" to America. Children travel alone or with the assistance of smugglers on what could be a deadly journey. Who's criticizing those parents? The parents of children illegally crossing the border ought to be thankful that it's ICE handling their precious children not a smuggler.

melrosereader

pwchoice your comment makes it all-to-obvious that the risk of staying where they were was far greater than the risk of making a "trek" to America.

Mogie

Very true.

Willie Stroker

How about the 6 year old child that ICE rescued because they we're abandon by their smuggler. They were trafficked across and if ICE hadn't found them they would've died.

Jc52962

My heart is with the people that rallied for human rights.

ralpho

America itself is the greatest threat to humanity the world has ever known. How the entire world will rejoice when the last American is finally dead!

InDWoods

If a husband and wife commit a crime and are arrested, do we want the child to go to jail with them? I think not. What administration critics are really protesting is that we are arresting these people in the first place. They want them all released as a reward for bringing their kids across the border with them. Sorry, but we are a nation of laws. If you don't like the law, work to change it. Don't down somebody for enforcing our current laws.

Mogie

Good comment.

LocalMom

Requesting asylum at the border is not a crime. Crossing illegally (trying to sneak in) is only a misdemeanor, and those families should be kept together, too. There have been successful programs where families are kept together and tracked with ankle bracelets and required to put up bail. The vast majority of those people have shown up for their court dates. Our government needs to do humane case management rather than take children away from families.
Please remember that these families are fleeing horrific conditions. If you were poor and your neighbors and family members were being tortured and killed, and if you couldn’t afford to pay the gangs the extortion they demanded, wouldn’t you do whatever it takes to remove your child from that situation? I certainly believe in borders but the answer is not to treat everyone like a felon. The children who were taken from their parents must be reunited with them immediately, and asylum seekers must be given due process! You must realize that the Constitution protects the rights of all individuals, not just citizens.
In addition to humane case management at the border, the US also needs to use diplomatic and economic tools to help end the violence in Central America that’s causing so many people to flee.

InDWoods

Somebody who has sneaked into your country in flagrant violation of your laws is not a good candidate for parole. That is just common sense. They've already shown that they have no regard for your laws or following the rules. I seriously doubt that most of these immigrants are actually fleeing violence. They know what to say to game the system.

Willie Stroker

There is a path to citizenship. It's not impossible, people have done it before. If you need asylum you apply for it at a port of entry and fill out Form I-589. You don't travel 1,000 miles through the desert, cross a river and jump a fence to get it. You also don't roll yourself into carpet and try to get smuggled across.

Willie Stroker

92 percent of the MS-13 affiliated aliens arrested were illegal aliens. Of those, 16 percent had entered illegally at least twice.

st paddy

as I recall history national socialist's in germany separated families in wwll

InDWoods

Nice attempt at a 'Reductio ad Hitlerum' Paddy boy. Is your real objective to not separate children or not to arrest their parents in the first place? If it is the former, then you apparently want to put kids in jail along with their folks. If it is the latter, why don't you just come out and say it instead of promoting this red herring.

Mogie

When I drove by I saw other drivers (two different cars) giving these protesters the thumbs down. I doubt that was a sign of support for their cause. Some other like minded people put a child on the front of Time magazine and said she was separated from her parents. No, she was set down while the mother was searched (less then 5 minutes).

ralpho

Diana Wales and her 250 sidekicks at this protest represent the very finest citizens Douglas County has to offer. Still, I know Wales. I've known her for many years, and I consider her scum for many good reasons. Forget it Americans. Your country has been annexed by people whose names you do not know and whose names you will never hear.

LocalMom

I was at the protest and I don’t know who Diana Wales is.

valoa

why didn't you protest when Obumer was separating Mexican adults from little ones.

LocalMom

The Obama administration did not take children away from people just for crossing the border. It was done only if a real felony was involved, such as human trafficking or drug trafficking. What the Trump administration did to over two thousand children was new and evil. Trump knew it was wrong, so he signed an order last week that is supposed to end the practice. However, his administration hasn’t reunited most of the children with their parents yet!

Mogie

[rolleyes]

Willie Stroker

12,000 children have been detained recently. 10,000 of those children were victims of child trafficking! 80% of women and children are raped during the journey to the border. Trump had an immigration bill to fix it and reunite families. Not a single Democrat voted for it! Even though it failed because no Democrats voted for it Trump has still reunited over 500 children in the past 2 weeks. You can't reunite everyone because children who are 5 or younger and were trafficked won't know their town or parents names.

Willie Stroker

Obama detained over 90,000 children! Way more then Trump. The Obama administration also placed children with human traffickers and children as young as 10 were forced to work on egg farms. They worked 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week.

papasteve

Every single Democrat in Douglas County at a rally 🤣

Suzan Mesik

Sure. Like every Republikkkan was at the SAPO rally.

Willie Stroker

Yes! Hillary received less then 27% of the vote in Douglas County! [whistling]

melrosereader

If, as Trump says, Mexicans are rapists and drug lords AND that Mexicans are stealing Americans' jobs, perhaps we need to arrest some Americans.

smedleyb

Well David you can go over to Fox "News" and hear their spin. After that you can spread what they say all over your garden and it will turn a deep green.

DavidReeck

The article seems to present only one side of the issue. Extremely biased.

Handy Barker

You're right, David. There IS another side to the unprepared and un-American separation of children from their mothers and shipping them to prisons all over our country with no plans to re-unite them. That other side is called Inhumanity. Since Mr. Trump covers the Inhumanity beat very thoroughly already, we're good.

LocalMom

The article is about the fact that people showed up to a protest. There wasn’t another side to that story.

Willie Stroker

Everyone at the News Review is biased. That's why they haven't hired anyone new in 20+ years!

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