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Priests for Justice, Pax Christie, and the Sisters of Mercy protest treatment of child migrants



Members and allies of three Catholic groups, Priests for Justice, Pax Christie, and the Sisters of Mercy, stood outside the United States District Court near Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence on Wednesday to protest the immigration policies of the Trump administration. Specifically, they were addressing the issues of family separation and the abuse of children in detention centers along the border and throughout the United States.

“We’re upset about what’s going on at the border, the abuse of children, the migrants and how these children are being affected long term. They’re being traumatized,” said Linda Regan, one of the organizers at the protest. “They’re being sexually abused. They’re not getting food, water, clothing, proper care, beds, showers, drinking water, and we think something needs to be said.

“This is not acceptable in this country to treat children this way.”

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Steve Ahlquist is a frontline reporter in Rhode Island. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.

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