Caravan from Salem brings message of hope to detainee mothers


Early Saturday morning, about a dozen people met in Salem to begin a caravan to the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma, Washington to protest the detention of immigrants there.

Four of the families split apart under former President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” family separation policy were reunited last week just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend together. They represent the first of the more than 1,000 families President Joe Biden’s administration and his Family Reunification Task Force have promised to reunite. 

As Biden’s task force juggles tracking down remaining parents while also reviewing more than 5,600 files to find any other potential separated families, activists continue to push for an end to the ongoing detention of immigrants nationwide. 

The nonprofit American Friends Service Committee organized Saturday’s caravan to draw attention to the mothers inside the facility who will spend Mother’s Day separated from their families. 



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