A series of demonstrations seeking to reduce the budgets of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making its way down the West Coast. On Monday night, it stopped in Vancouver.
About 20 people gathered at Vancouver Waterfront Park to sign a petition banner — titled “Border to Border with Love” — directed at the U.S. House of Representatives. The event was organized by Indivisible Greater Vancouver, Lower Columbia Indivisible, MoveOn Clark County and the League of United Latin American Citizens, according to a news release from the left-leaning activist organizations.
Indivisible chapters from Blaine to San Diego are signing and passing along the banner, according to the release. On Monday, demonstrators signed it and wrote messages in chalk on the waterfront walkway. They then carried the banner to the Interstate 5 Bridge and delivered it to Indivisible members in Oregon.
The chalk messages read, in part, “Immigrants make America great,” “No more raids,” “All in America are Americans,” “Immigrants help our economy ” and “Melt ICE.” Demonstrators were asked to complete the phrase, “My ancestors are from:” and some messages were written in Spanish.
“People should feel welcome. This is a nation of immigrants. That’s the key message,” said Donna Sinclair of Indivisible Greater Vancouver.