A Jackson therapist specializing in trauma joined about 200 protestors Saturday morning at the Jackson Town Square to challenge a government policy she says may affect children for the rest of their lives.
"My America doesn’t traumatize children on purpose," stated a sign Jean Ferguson held high. Also a former teacher, Ferguson spent her career helping children and adults cope with trauma.
"Children that are traumatized," she said, "it comes through their whole adult life, and affects their entire life."
Saturday's march around the Town Square is calling attention to the Trump administration's immigration policies, particularly the recently halted practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.
Protestors Saturday said that thousands more children were impacted by the separations than originally reported. Moreover, protestors said they want to see if the Trump administration will comply with a judge's order June 27 ordering the government to reunite children with their families in 30 days. The judge ordered the administration to reunite the youngest children, kids under 5, with their parents within 15 days.
The Jackson rally was among 600 "Families Belong Together" gatherings across the country.
Grandmas Berte Hirschfield, Imaging Spence, Jackie Goldstein and Myra Dorros decided spur of the moment to join the rally after Hirschfield watched a televised plea by outspoken filmmaker Michael Moore, saying now is a critical time to take a stand.
"I wasn’t going to come, I’m almost 80 years old," Hirschfield said. But after hearing Moore, she said, "I realize everyone has to participate."
The grandmas said they were to stand up for children; combined they have 30 grandchildren.