The group of teens protested the zero-tolerance immigration policy and family separations.
FAIRFAX, VA—A group of teens organized a rally outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Fairfax Sunday.
Organized by 16-year-old Tarina Ahuja of Ashburn and 17-year-olds Perrin McHugh of McLean and Bee Hyland of Leesburg, the “Rally to Reunite” centered around the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and family separations at the border. The event entailed speakers, chants, and even people in cars showing support while while passing by.
The organizers say they want to be involved in politics knowing it won’t be long before they can vote. For some of them, it will be November.
“Whether we are of voting age or not, it is our responsibility to use our voices and make sure that the people representing us know how we feel about issues affecting our community,” said student organizer Ahuja in an email to Patch. “When injustice is happening and nothing is changing, it falls upon us, the youth, to step up. We need new voices to get involved because, without these voices, movement and action will not happen.”
The rally came after a Thursday protest held by La ColectiVA outside the ICE office.