‘Morally repugnant': Long Islanders protest family separations at border

February 10, 2019 - 3:37 pm
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HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (1010 WINS) – A large rally was held on Long Island Sunday over the separation of children from their families at the southern border.

“Where are the children?” demonstrators chanted on a highly visible corner of Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.

Some of their signs read “family separation is child abuse.”

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Among those protesting was Sharon Golden.

“I’m a psychotherapist and I work with adults who’ve been traumatized as children,” she told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “This is a lifelong trauma – lifelong trauma.”

The Trump administration admits that even before the family separation policy was announced, thousands of children were already taken from their parents and that it may be impossible to reunite them.

But the administration has defended family separations as being necessary to deter illegal immigration and protect children from human traffickers.

Demonstrators at Sunday’s protest called the policy “morally repugnant” and a “gross violation of the human rights of these children and their families.”