Safety pins movement shows support for Austin undocumented immigrants

Hundreds support undocumented families

AUSTIN - Several hundred people packed the outdoor plaza of the Austin City Hall on Sunday morning to support dozens of undocumented immigrants.

The families stood on an elevated stage and all wore white t-shirts that read, "Don't Mess With Texas Families."

Different families took turns at the microphone and told the crowd about their struggles of already deported loved ones or the fear of having loved ones deported.

There was a lot of cheering and clapping for the speakers, who in a rare move, made their undocumented immigration status public.

Their fear stemmed from Tuesday's election results and a new world with President-elect Donald Trump.

It was emotional for the families and for those listening.

Daniel Segura-Kelly trembled from fighting back tears.

"With the rhetoric that Donald Trump has used throughout this election, it can easily turn into a situation where folks see the color of my skin and assume I'm undocumented," said Segura-Kelly.

Like the hundreds who turned out, Segura-Kelly wanted to show his support for undocumented families.

That's why he wore safety pins on his shirt. The Safety Pins in Solidarity movement has been growing on social media.

For mother of two Nuria Zaragoza it has been a long week for her and her family.

"For me, it feels so good to be around other people who are feeling similarly devastated and sort of looking for direction," said Zaragoza.

"I was really sad. My whole school was in kind of in a funk," said Izzy Held, Zaragoza's 12-year-old daughter.

"I was kind of sad that Trump won," said Isaac Held, Zaragoza's 10-year-old son.

Ted Held said attending the rally with his family not only showed their support but their gratitude as well.

"I'm a doctor so we make a good salary. Most of my patients are poor and most of my patients are here rallying for. They're undocumented and scared and I see that every day," said Held.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler told the crowd he understood where the fear is coming from.

"We don't know what they Trump presidency will play out but we do know enough based on what's been said in the last year to be anxious about the possibilities," said Mayor Adler. 

But the mayor said whatever happens, "I want you to know, you are not alone."

Adding that the unofficial sanctuary city will stand by its undocumented residents.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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