Protesting the Human Rights Organization Heartland Alliance Chicago Illinois 10-11-18 4578
The protest took place outside the drive up entrance to Swissotel on East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. Heartland Alliance was holding its big annual gala dinner there.
The protesters say that Heartland is profiting off the incarceration of immigrant children. They say that these places are nothing but detention camps that are "ill equipped to handle the needs of immigrant children".These facilities are staffed by non-professionals. Anxiety and thoughts of suicide run high among the children. There are widespread allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
They say that Heartland Alliance is "in cahoots with big money". By the government proclaiming that certain people are illegal private industry - meaning places like Heartland - are making a profit off incarcerating these children.
For its part, Heartland, on its website, invites interested people to "Join us to protect the rights and dignity of immigrants and asylum seekers, and that Heartland "strongly oppose the actions of the current administration".