Hundreds of activists gathered under the Boston Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing on Tuesday afternoon to protest new announcements from the Trump administration on anti-immigrant laws.
Present at the rally were Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III along with organizing members of the 1199 Service Employees International Union and several immigrant citizens.
Congressman Kennedy said that new anti-immigration laws “do not reflect the values of the United States.”
“This isn’t about dollar signs. This is about families. This is about communities. This is about people that have come to our country that are now part of our country,” said Kennedy.
Members of the SEIU gave speeches about their immigrant status and the impact anti-immigrant laws will have on both the entire United States and their personal lives.
“I’m here to stand up for the rights and liberties for everyone in this country,” said one protester. “I think too many rights are being taken away. Democracy is not being recognized and it’s eroding so I’m here to say I care about what’s happening.”
Senator Markey was critical of President Trump’s new immigration plans stating: “I know that a wall is not going to protect us. The biggest industry in an era of an 18 foot wall, is a 19 foot ladder.”
Markey and Kennedy will now return to DC to meet with other congressmen and women to debate over the proposed anti-immigration laws.