At Pro-Immigrant Rally Some Ask: Where Are the Immigrants?

The Zweigbaum family joined the Long Island protest. (Photo via Noticia LI)

Once again the intersection of Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, New York, became on Sunday, Feb. 10, the stage for protests in favor of immigrant rights and against the separation of families.

This time around, the event led by Sharon Golden, of the organization Together We Will Long Island, focused on the plight of immigrant children. “Where are the children?” was the prevailing chant.

Some passersby showed their support, while a small group hurled insults at the protesters and against immigrants, without impeding the march.

“We need those events to be more visible, and for the Latino community in the U.S. to be more actively involved. Their absence speaks volumes, and instead of helping the community to be more visible, we are seeing it becoming a minority whose majority lives hidden,” said Mara Bard, an Argentinean immigrant who is a U.S. citizen and human rights activist.

(…) According to Ángela Roncancio, a Chilean immigrant, the Hispanic community in New York is afraid to go to these kinds of protests. “While those who are the most concerned cannot show up because they are afraid of a potential raid, the Latinos with legal residency remain indifferent to this situation,” she said.

“Most of the people who are representing immigrants are North American,” said, for her part, Nora Zweigbaum, a Colombian immigrant and U.S. citizen. “I extend an invitation to all immigrants to demand their and their families’ rights. Those are spaces with multiple alternatives, and we can achieve big changes through unity.”

Also participating in the Huntington Station protest were Dr. Eve Krief, of NY American Academy of Pediatrics; Pilar Moya, founder of Latinos Unidos de Long Island; Dr. William Spencer, of the Suffolk County Legislature (18th Legislative District); and Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the Statue of Liberty last summer in protest of the separation of families. (…)

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