Residents protest immigration policy outside Miramar ICE office

MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - South Floridians gathered outside the ICE office in Miramar to protest a controversial immigration policy.

Activists carried signs and chanted outside the Miramar ICE office on Thursday.

Protesters are now demanding that the Trump administration end the policy of separating children from their parents after families illegally cross the southern border.

“Why would we do that to children? Why would we take them from their parents, to have a child, that’s … there’s no purpose other than terror,” said protester Ana Anselo. “It’s literally terrorism to strip a child away from their parents.”

Still, the White House is defending its current immigration policy.

“Our administration has had the same position since we started on day one that we were going to enforce the law,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “I know it wasn’t something high on the priority list in the previous administration, but it is on ours. We are a country of law and order, and we’re enforcing the law in protecting our borders.”

The number of children in existing facilities has surged as the Trump administration institutes a policy to prosecute all people who enter illegally.

Hundreds of families have been separated, with parents detained and their children placed in government shelters.

The administration said they are enforcing the existing laws and is calling on Democrats to work with the White House on immigration policy.

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