“I’m going to Washington, D.C., to fight for my mom and dad.”
“I just want to tell Trump that our bond is unbreakable.”
“If we can stand up for each other, why can’t politicians stand up for us?”
These are the poignant reflections of 40 Black and Latinx youth set to embark from Miami, Florida, to Washington, D.C., in hopes of sending the message to U.S. President Donald Trump that he can’t tear their communities apart.
The caravan, which began its trek Monday, is called We Belong Together and was inspired after local politicians in Miami “failed immigrant families and gave in to Trump’s bullying tactics,” as the group states.
The youth will be making stops in Atlanta, Georgia, and Durham, North Carolina, meeting other young people involved in the struggle against Trump’s policies, with their journey culminating in front of the White House. On the steps of Capitol Hill, the young contingent will join with others from around the country in a giant interlocking circle.
The group in Atlanta set to welcome the caravan wrote, “Trump and his ICE agents are trying to tear parents away from their children in mass immigration raids. Politicians and police are criminalizing Black youth and stealing away our friends and family. And Trump’s Muslim ban threatens the survival of refugee kids. But young people are on the move!”
“That's why on April 11 children and youth from Atlanta will welcome a Kids Caravan traveling from Miami to Washington, D.C., to stand up to Trump's bullying and the separation of our families and communities,” they added.
The action is being organized by We Belong Together, a campaign anchored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, that advocates for humane immigration policies for women and their families.
In a statement released last month in the wake of Trump’s travel ban and deportation policies, the group stated that those most impacted form these orders will be “refugees, who are mainly women and children fleeing violence and persecution.”
“Conducting immigration raids, which are inherently violative of due process; separating mothers and children fleeing trauma and violence; and banning people because of their religious affiliation is not what our country aspires to be,” they pressed.