ABQ teacher joins thousands in border protests over separation of families
June 19, 2018 02:34 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In New Mexico dozens of protesters took to the border to speak out against the separation of families, joining thousands of others amid a topic that has dominated the national conversation recently.
Among them was an Albuquerque middle school teacher who said her family fled to the U.S. when she was just 11 because they feared for their lives. Years later, this isn't the future Ingrid Ordonez expected when she left Chihuahua, Mexico.
"We were running and fleeing home because of violence," she said. "My family was threatened and we had to leave or we would have been killed."
They crossed the border, hoping to find a better life. Now she's part of the New Mexico Dream Team. Members of the organization based in Las Cruces have been traveling back and forth between the southern New Mexico city and Tornillo.
Like the rest of the country, Ordonez is seeing thousands of children being separated from their families.
"Imagine these children who are being detained – we don't know how long it's been since they have seen their parents. The separation of families…they are not humane, they're repeating history," Ordonez said. "It's just not right."
She joined thousands Sunday marching at the Tornillo, Texas port of entry to demand change. There were protesters from all over the country, holding signs and shouting in protest: "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcomed here."
"They are detained and pretty much incarcerated in cages," Ordonez said. "Now we have a center in Tornillo, Texas where they'll have children detained under tents. It's not right and it's not what we stand for."
Updated: June 19, 2018 02:34 PM
Created: June 19, 2018 02:33 PM
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