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Protesters in Ypsilanti demand closure of immigrant detention centers

Protesters gathered in Ypsilanti to call for Congressional action on immigrant detention practices
Paulette Parker
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Michigan Radio

Protesters gathered outside of the Ypsilanti office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) to call for the closure of immigrant detention centers and an end to family separation practices.

Jessica Prozinski is a protest organizer. She says the rally in Ypsilanti was one of almost 200 taking place on Tuesday in cities across the country.

“We are emotional, we are outraged,” Prozinski says. “But we also need a plan. Phone calls and emails are not enough.”

Protesters gathered in Ypsilanti to call for Congressional action on immigrant detention practices
Credit Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Katie Jesaitis is a field representative for Dingell's office. She read a statement from the congresswoman, who was unable to attend the protest.

“She's committed to having discussions in Congress on tough, effective border security and immigration policies that do not rip children from their mothers' arms or slam the door in the face of people seeking legal asylum,” Jesaitis says.

Jesaitis says Dingell plans to take a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border sometime in the next month.

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