Protestors Confront Mike Pence: 'Why Are You Ripping Children From Their Families?'

by Cassandra Stone
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A chaotic scene unfolded after Pence was confronted by protestors about immigrant children

While giving a speech yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, Vice President Mike Pence was almost immediately interrupted by protestors demanding answers about the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’ and the separating of immigrant children from their families.

Things got pretty heated.

Pence begins by smarmily addressing the crowd, pandering to them about “Buckeyes,” et cetera, when the distinct shout of one protestor stopped the entire event in its tracks.

“Children are being locked up in prisons!” came the cry from the audience, with Pence attempting to talk over the protestor. We now know that since April, 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S. border of Mexico and placed in “child immigration centers,” where they are treated not unlike prison inmates.

After the outburst, the audience became unmanageable, with several people beginning to chant “USA! USA! USA!” in response to the protestor. Because that’s where we’re at now — racists who support the Trump administration’s inhumane policy feel downright patriotic and nationalistic about it.

Pence once again attempts to continue his speech, only to be interrupted again, by a second protestor. “Why are you ripping children from their families?” In the video above, you can see Columbus police immediately grab the man who dared to speak up for the families being torn apart, and they haul him away.

While it’s disheartening to watch so many people shout in support of the VP and his administration’s abhorrent and inhumane policies, these protestors are exactly what’s right with America.

This is why we will never shut up about this. We can never stop advocating for the immigrant children separated from their parents until something is done and they’re returned to their families.

If you’d like to help the families who have been separated at the border, you can call your representatives, attend a protest, volunteer your time, or donate to non-profits helping on the ground.