Immigration protest

Around 200 people rallied on Town Square on Saturday to call attention to immigration policy that separates families.

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. 

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

(30) comments

rich quinlan

Those that deny others freedom do not deserve their own , Celebrate our Independence Day !

rich quinlan

Here ya go Ken , but dont let facts get in the way of your rant.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Amendment

Ken Chison

I am quite aware of what the Hyde Amendment is. And I'm sure that those more than politically correct people that run Planned Parenthood never used a single federal dollar to perform the hundreds of thousands of abortions each year. repeal of this amendment was Hillary Clinton's top priority for 2016. That was the key part of her presidential platform. And I really trusted the last guy in offices word. Famous words like if you like your doctor you can keep them. Premiums are not going to go up. And the list goes on and on. Liberals will protect every illegal, Criminal or terrorist and allow for unborn babies to be slaughtered with a clear conscience. Liberalism is a disease and I am glad that I am seeing the dissolve of the democratic party right now in my life

rich quinlan

The federal government does not pay for abortions , period , fact , law. Now the republican yahoos spout off about it all the time while trying to cut off funds for planned parenthood who provides womens healthcare free or low cost as do many other providers across the country.

The right for a women to make a choice on her own to have an abortion subject to the laws of each state is established law. Period

If you are going to discuss an issue make some effort to research it other than Fox News. We all have laws we disagree with but as Americans we respect them and abide by them. Its the American way , isnt it ?

Ken Chison

Barack Obama gave billions of taxpayer money against the taxpayers will to Planned Parenthood during his term. He also wrote a letter to Congress and said he would veto the born alive abortion Survivor Act. You sir are the ones that is misin formed. Quit watching quiver down his leg and Rachel Maddow. 9 million babies were aborted during his presidency. It's all on Congressional Record look it up. And you're up in arms over a few families being separated from their children. Families that try to gain entry into our country illegally? Quit thinking that you're once Messiah was perfect. Far from. In the families that he separated were put in dumps. These children now are put in plush living arrangements compared to what Obama stuck them in.

Ken Chison

All these liberals will protest and shout and scream about children being separated for a little bit from their parents, yet, not one cry or voice opposing the death of unborn children all paid for by the US government under Barack Obama. Liberals definitely have their priorities wrong.

Comment deleted.
Comment deleted.
Ronald Tarpein

Don't believe they should displace children. I think they should have put them all on the same bus and sent them back. That would be tax dollars at work.

rich quinlan

Well since border arrests are at the lowest levels in the past two decades.... but that doesnt fit Trumps reality show script to allow him to use this issue and these immigants as props to spew his hate and blame them for all the ills the his base
think they deserve the blame for.
This is a fake news crisis deployed by trump as a show episode. This was not driven by any real issue whatsoever. I think that people are protesting this entire shtshow that is the trump presidency. I guess if youre OK with being lied to everyday youd agree with his approach.

Jay Westemeier

We got used to being lied to every day of the last corrupt administration. The best defense of the Democrats' immigration policy is that we need more people to fill needed job openings. They'd rather fill those openings with undocumented illegal immigrants than with the unborn lives of American citizens, all while fulfilling their undisciplined thirst for unprotected sex.

Ken Chison

Mr Westemeir. You hit it out of the park with that comment. Although we have had heated debate on other topics, I do believe we found common ground on this issue. Many of the people that I saw at this rally were the same ones at the City Council meetings voicing their concerns that they wanted no more density in their neighborhoods. maybe if the town of Jackson would move illegals and criminals into their neighborhood they would feel better about it.

sean henry

"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"
ya keep moving the goal post to continue with your selective outrage.
they don't call you bleeding heart liberals for nothing

rich quinlan

Lets return to the process from Ellis Island. First , if you were a first or second class traveler you were allowed in immediately no questions asked. Now if you were third class (steerage)you received a cursory (the seven second exam) once over for diseases and minimal mental acuity. Less than 2% of immigrants were rejected.
Only true concern was were you going to be able to work if you were third class. Come on in.
Anyone stating that there was "vetting" is not aware of the history of Ellis. Look up their website. For the poster below they did not have drivers licenses four generations ago.
When we have mothers showing up with babies simply wanting a better life for themselves we should welcome them . What young man do you know that didnt want to do something better for themselves when no opportunity exists for them. Id call that some drive and assertiveness , admirable qualities. Having been raised and living in the southwest migration has been a normal occurence since the beginning of our country. Only when the ugly head of bigotry raises up is it a cause for disagreement. I can tell you that few who live in Texas , NM , Az , of Cali think anything different of a hispanic descent individual compared to anyone else. They are our friends , family , doctors , police , and only fear or ignorance would dictate any other response. So give it a break and don't let these divisive politicians feed on your fears and try to legitimize hate and bigotry. While Im not a religious person I have no idea how a "christian" could not embrace someone in need with open arms.

Terry Milan

I thought the decision to separate has been reversed? Are they protesting something that no longer exists?

Ken Chison

Jim. 4th generation with my family coming from Czechoslovakia. Interesting story though. Had to apply for citizenship and when they arrived on Ellis Island they were vetted. Physical exams, mental exams, health history and skills and trades were noted. Then they were deemed second-class citizens. They were told that for one generation they could not run for any political office. Also they could not receive any medical assistance or financial assistance from the United States government. No free housing, no free food, no driver's licenses. but they opted for it and ended up with the railroads and going across the country working in coal mines for the railroads. Ended up okay for all. Of course that was the philosophy of hard work and nothing was for free. Why don't we vet like that still rather than letting any and everybody into our country? My great grandma's sister had a child that had Polio in could not even enter the United States. Don't remember hearing about any protesters back then protesting about it though. Her husband could not get into the country also because of diabetes so they ended up going back to Czechoslovakia. As a matter of fact, they ended up okay. these people need to go back to their own countries and get their government straightened out. It might take a while but we finally got it right after 8 years of the past administration

Jim Bristol

Nice story
They are people, kids, moms and dads.
You don't need to talk about administration anymore.
My president was selling my country at a golf course in Jersy today

Ken Chison

Count Webb. If you get caught selling crack cocaine at the elementary school, pretty good chance you are going to be separated from your children because you have done something illegal. It is illegal for these people to try to gain access to our great country just to receive all the entitlements.
Every parents that shows up is not being beaten by their husband spouse boyfriend or girlfriend. The liberals have got propaganda out there to try to get as many of these people into the United States solely for the fact of getting them to vote Democrat. Enough is enough. Our system is over stressed and we don't need any more foreigners and free loaders to take any more of the hard-working American citizens money. and yes, Obama did separate families at the border. It's the law in the way the law always has been written.

Count Webb

Selling crack is a felony. Crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor, there is a difference. Bush and Obama usually used family detention centers that did not separate families as they waited for a hearing or deportation. You can blame Democrats but it will not change the facts. Zero tolerance did not happen until Trump and Sessions thought it up.

Jim Bristol

My moms folks ( my grand parents ) came to this country, not to free load.
But to make a better life.
Ken, are your folks native american ?
Is it the close the door, I am here, mind set?
Does it matter, if they come from Mars, Sweden, Italy or Mexico?

Ken Chison

Does not matter in the least where they come from, as long as they do it properly and legally.

Count Webb

Obama never had a zero tolerance policy that separated families. Thousands of unaccompanied children (UAC)s showed up at the border without their parents during his administration but rarely were families separated. Zero tolerance is a barbaric policy used by Trump as a deterrent for illegal border crossings. Ironically, no data shows that it deters anyone but it definitely has a brutal effect on children and their parents.

Jay Westemeier

That is totally false. Regardless of what the policy is now called, the Obama administration employed basically the same thing. No one cried about it then because the owned media failed to report it. The zero tolerance policy was meant to deter illegal immigrants and their children from attempting to cross the border. Sometimes hard decisions have to be made to correct a bad situation. Everyone who's protesting constantly about this stuff is oblivious to the total cluster our country's immigration policies are. The emotional reactions to this issue are nothing more than intolerance and impatience. Too many people in our country refuse to allow time for new policies work. They demand instant gratification on all social issues. The President has already issued an executive order to stop the separation of children from their families, but yet they continue to protest because the bought off media continues to report and show the same stuff that they dug up a month ago. They're oblivious to reality and won't allow any time for conditions to change.

Count Webb

Under Obama usually only select circumstances like trafficking or being a known criminal would cause a family separation. Trump and Sessions created a policy that would criminally prosecute every immigrant parent that crossed the border no matter what. Obama did it on a select basis for cause, Trump did it for all no matter the circumstance. Trump did do it as a deterrent but it is doubtful that it is very effective but the pain and terror it has caused families who have been separated is real. And I truly believe that he did say he would quit doing it because of the public outcry and protests. What is false is Trump saying Democrats want open borders. The Democrats I know want a rational immigration policy and border control and have wanted it for a long time.

Jay Westemeier

And yet they do absolutely nothing to develop a so-called rational policy. Talk is cheep, and that's all the Democratic leadership has to offer on the subject. You can never satisfy everyone in this country and paranoid political complacency will continue to kick the status quo down the road. Build the wall and be done with it. We've wasted much more money on other ideas that never panned out.

Terry Milan

Willing protest in Jackson, WY but don't care enough to travel to actually throw in a hand. Talk is cheap and caring appears to have its limits.

Mike Dale

Disregard the previous statement. A visiting family member decided to comment on my sign in to the newspaper.. I make it a rule not to battle over political views..

Jim Bristol

I like what you are thinking.
I spent the day with my 3 1/2 old grandson yesterday.
He was freaked out for an hour when his mom wasn't there.
I can't imagine how he would be if she wasn't there for days, weeks, months.
Comon man!
You can not separate kids from there parents. Never.
These people aren't slinging dope.
There people, for ***** sakes

Ken Chison

One should know that they are in a way bad way when they start taking their political advice from Michael Moore. I wonder if Ms Ferguson was able to help the 23, 000 children that were separated from their families during the Obama Administration. If so, she probably had a lot of practice on dealing with separated children. This is just nothing more then the Liberals of Jackson Hole getting together trying to make a point about Trump because they are sore losers. Suck it up people of Jackson, you lost and you need to get on with your lives. We are now with an Administration that is potentially going to go down in history as the greatest of all time. Get with the times people. we now have a President that loves our country and loves its American citizens. Something we have not seen in a long time.

Comment deleted.
Comment deleted.
Sofia Jarmillo Staff
Sofia Jaramillo

Hello Mike, We write about all kinds of events in Jackson. We strive to be unbiased with our reporting and cover many events with differing viewpoints. Here is a recent article about a gun rights gathering downtown: https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/article_f93f05b5-272d-5da2-8e7f-3033d791ced1.html

 

- Audience Engagement Producer

Roger Hayden

How is this a liberal bias, Mike. They covered an event. Try a Fox Fake News diet.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the "Report" link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.