2018-07-10 18:19:45 UTC
Demonstrators on Monday greeted Ivanka Trump outside a Syracuse, N.Y., school,
protesting the Trump administration's treatment of migrant families who had been
separated after crossing into the U.S.
Protesters waved signs outside the Institute of Technology at Central High
School, reading "shame" and "Ivanka! Do you know where their children are?"
Trump was making an appearance at the school for a roundtable discussion on
workforce development programs.
But outside the school, protesters kept their focus on the Trump
administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which prioritizes the
prosecutions of people who cross into the U.S. illegally through Mexico.
That policy has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from
their parents at the U.S. southern border in recent months, a practice that has
sparked national and international outrage.
At the protest on Monday, one participant walked around in an oversized
President Trump costume with a sign reading "monster" hung around his neck, a
photo captured by Syracuse.com showed.
Photos of the protest also surfaced on social media, including one showing a
giant inflatable chicken bearing a resemblance to the president that has also
been seen in previous protests.
Some protesters called out Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who joined Ivanka Trump at
the roundtable discussion. Dana Balter, Katko's Democratic challenger in
November, was also at the protest, Syracuse.com reported.
The protest came as the Trump administration neared a Tuesday court-ordered
deadline to reunite migrant children under the age of 5 with their parents. The
government, however, appeared poised to miss that deadline.