Church members in Islip protest Trump’s immigration policy

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Long Island clergy and parishioners marched in Islip Tuesday to demand justice for families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The group was made up of several dozen members from Presbyterian churches across the Island as they marched their way to Islip Town Hall. The event comes amid the confusion surrounding the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

Sarah Calone, 12, was among the demonstrators upset that children had been separated from their parents after illegally crossing the border.

“I can't imagine what those children are facing out there, especially after making such a long journey…it's unimaginable,” said Calone.

Others said the hardline approach to immigration is overdue.

“The border is a joke. Absolutely a joke,” said John McDonald, of Islip.

Officials with Customs and Border Protection said President Trump's executive order last week required a temporary halt on prosecuting parents and guardians. But the CBP commissioner also insisted the White House's zero tolerance policy toward illegal entry remains intact.

President Trump addressed the issue Tuesday before a meeting with members of Congress.

“It's so simple. It's called, ‘I'm sorry, you can't come in, you have to come through a legal process,’” said President Trump.

Seventeen states, including New York, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite the thousands of immigrant children and parents it separated at the border.

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