Hundreds of people marched Tuesday through the streets of Boston to protest U.S. treatment of immigrants at the southern border.
A large group of demonstrators made its way through the streets, rallying against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border camps that have been heavily criticized following a visit by members of Congress. The march was organized by Never Again Action.
Eighteen protesters were arrested outside the South Bay ICE detention facility. The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office said 15 men and three women were charged with trespassing.
Immigration officials have come under fire after lawmakers described unsanitary conditions at facilities on the border. Roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez of New York, toured locations where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in unsanitary conditions.
"When we went into the cell, it was clear that the water was not running," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas and twin brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro. "In fact, one of the women said that she was told by an agent to drink from the toilet."
Tuesday's march began after a rally at the Holocaust Memorial. Organizers said they were protesting a "crisis of concentration camps and mass atrocity at our borders and around the country," according to the State House News Service.
Oscasio-Cortez was heavily criticized for likening border camps to concentration camps. A secret Facebook group unveiled by ProPublica featured doctored image of the representative and insulted her, prompting Border Patrol chief Carla Provost to decry the posts as "completely inappropriate."
Protesters rallying against ICE detention centers. They’re walking to the South Bay detention center. Right now, they’re on Tremont street. pic.twitter.com/2gonw6SoMy— Malcolm Johnson NBC10 Boston (@MalNBCBoston) July 2, 2019