Pro-Immigration news conference brings impromptu rally

Hundreds gathered at City Hall for a pro-immigration conference that turned into rally. (KXAN/Frank Martinez)
Hundreds gathered at City Hall for a pro-immigration conference that turned into rally. (KXAN/Frank Martinez)

Austin, (KXAN) – Hundreds of people gathered at Austin City Hall this morning to rally against Trump’s plans for immigration.

Undocumented families, along with their supporters, spoke about their worries and concerns for their children and fellow minorities after the now President-Elect promised he would deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall around the Southern border to prevent anyone from getting in illegally.

“I’m six months pregnant and my husband is undocumented. This is not the kind of world I want to bring my son into where out highest elected leader will demonize my innocent child or call him an anchor baby. We will not live in constant fear that my husband, the love of my life, our protector could be ripped from us at any moment,” said Christina Tzintzun, Event Organizer.

Many representatives from city government attended the rally. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and City Councilman both spoke about how we need to remain in solidarity.

“Some things changed this week, but what did not change is Austin. In times when our neighbors are troubled and scared, this is what a community is supposed to do.  We’re supposed to come together and hold one another and re-assure that we are a community,” said Steve Adler, Austin Mayor.

Tzintzun said the goal of this event was to show individuals that they will not stand alone and will not sit back and be afraid.

The rally ended with an impromptu march down Cesar Chavez up to the State Capitol.

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