More Details on Friday Evening’s Immigration/Detention Rally

From long-time commenter Angel R. Llavona:

The Lights for Liberty Vigil to End Human Detention Camps this Friday July 12 from 7:30 to 9 pm at the McHenry County Jail will attract hundreds of participants from the Chicago area and Northern Illinois.

This is the main Chicagoland Lights for Liberty event as McHenry County Jail houses ICE detainees, adult immigrants awaiting status hearings, appeals, or deportation orders, who have been rounded up across Northern Illinois.

The event is open to the public and one of over 500 events nation-wide.

It is organized by a coalition of local organizations and activists who are dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity and are willing to protect these fundamental rights.

There is a groundswell of interest in the event after disclosures of shocking conditions and abuse in holding facilities for children and President Trump’s threat of massive raids, terrifying to many immigrant communities.

The event will begin with a rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Seminary Avenue—Route 47—in Woodstock between Ware Road and Russel Court.

Speakers will highlight aspects of the abusive system including border detention camps, children and separated families, sexual abuse and violence, the increased hurdles for applying for asylum, and the special dangers faced by LGBTQ persons.

At 9 pm the candle light vigil will begin, coordinating with other actions across the country.

Participants are urged to bring friends, signs and candles.

The event is co-sponsored by

  • Indivisible Illinois
  • Indivisible Brookfield
  • Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI)
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC-IL)
  • McHenry County Democratic Party
  • McHenry County Democratic Women’s Club
  • McHenry County National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • McHenry County Progressives
  • Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Woodstock Pride, and
  • the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Justice Team.


More Details on Friday Evening’s Immigration/Detention Rally — 36 Comments

  1. The U.S. has been admitting approximately 1 million “LEGAL” immigrants to this Nation in recent years. These 1 million persons from numerous nations around the world followed the rules, waited in line to come to the U.S. legally. Those who choose to violate U.S. federal laws by coming to the U.S. illegally must expect some kind of detention and/or arrest. In fairness to those who wait in line, some for years, to come to the U.S. from nations around the world, all those coming here illegally should be humanely returned to their country of origin and told to obey our laws, follow the procedures.

  2. There is one much needed clarification to this story: Angel R. Llavona is not a friend of this sunshine blog. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  3. Bet the added County Jail guards that got hired to house these detainees from all over Northern Illinois wont like this little “event” going on right across from them—nor the top County Law Enforcement Management types, seeing how they get paid to house these folks…its a supposed money making operation for the Jail and the County.

  4. Free Healthcare
    Free College Tuition
    Open Borders
    Unlimited Abortion
    Higher Taxes

  5. Looks like the usual commie Pinko socialist wackos and their fag brothers and sisters will be turning out once again.

  6. Hopefully, Trump will soon start the roundup of deportables that he delayed a couple of weeks ago.

    It would be quite appropriate if ICE brought a couple of busloads in while the snowflakes were singing kumbaya outside of the jail.

  7. Perfect opportunity for every commenter here who speaks so strongly against Leftist Propoganda.



    Try to engage anyone there in a substantive conversation about why they’re at the event.

    Key word is “substantive”.

    Won’t happen.

    Most of them are engaged in emotional terrorism with no understanding of real policy at all.

    The rest are curiosity seekers or folks like our resident debater of kitties… Functional morons.

    If you tough talk here but can’t be bothered to show up to a prime event like this in your back yard you’re not remotely serious about effecting change.

    If you’re scared bring a friend.

  8. Per details above:

    “There is a groundswell of interest in the event after disclosures of shocking conditions and abuse in holding facilities for children and President Trump’s threat of massive raids, terrifying to many immigrant communities.”

    Why would anyone, any LEGAL immigrant, be terrified of a raid to capture an illegal alien immigrant who ALSO committed crime(s) over and above the crime of coming to the U.S. illegally. No. Legal immigrants who followed all the rules and came to the U.S. legally no doubt are cheering when ICE does its job to make the U.S. and all communities safer.

    Only the insane and the moronic want to interfere or abolish ICE.

  9. “Only the insane and the moronic want to interfere or abolish ICE”. Dear sunshine Sociology and Political Science professor, little I knew you joined the fight to abolish ICE; thanks for your service to this country…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  10. This is what the demonstrators will be supporting: “In what should be national news but instead happens almost every day without any media coverage, a 17-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, Baudilio Salomon Diaz Ambrocio, allegedly raped a seven-year-old girl in Cobb County, Georgia, so badly that she needed surgery.

    ICE confirmed to me that there is a detainer on him and he is indeed a removable alien, but would not answer my question about his history and whether he was resettled as an “unaccompanied minor.”

    “We are not able to provide any case specifics on our end regarding a juvenile,” said the regional public affairs spokesman.”

  11. Because compassionate conservatives are very concerned about rapes in this country, I am sure they will be interested on this: At least 24 women have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct since the 1970s.
    Renewed attention has been brought to the allegations amid the #MeToo movement and a national conversation concerning sexual misconduct.
    Trump has repeatedly denied all of the accusations, calling the women “liars.”
    Most recently, columnist E. Jean Carroll accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room the mid-1990s.

    As a national conversation on sexual misconduct is gripping the country from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, some renewed attention has been focused on the sexual misconduct allegations that at least 23 women have made against Trump since the 1970s.

    A deluge of women made their accusations public following the October 2016 release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump was recorded boasting about grabbing women’s genitals in 2005. Some others made their stories public months before the tape’s release, and still others came forward in the months following.

    In some cases, Trump and his lawyer have suggested that Trump didn’t engage in the alleged behavior with a certain woman because she was not attractive enough.

    Trump has not yet made good on his promise to sue any of the women — although two women have sued him.

    Despite Trump’s denials, 50% of voters — 59% of women and 41% of men — surveyed in a December 2017 Quinnipiac poll released think the president should resign as a result of the sexual misconduct allegations against him. Several Democratic lawmakers have recently called on Trump to resign over the accusations.

    One accuser, Samantha Holvey, who out again last year about her experience with Trump as a Miss USA pageant contestant, said that while his election was painful, she and others see the #MeToo movement as an opportunity to “try round two.”

    “We’re private citizens, and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and especially how he views women, and for them to say ‘meh, we don’t care’ — it hurts,” Holvey said on NBC News’ “Megyn Kelly Today” in December 2017. “And so now it’s just like, all right, let’s try round two. The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”

    Here are some of the allegations — in chronological order — made by 24 named women:
    Jessica Leeds
    Jessica Leeds
    NBC News

    Jessica Leeds told the New York Times in October 2016 that Trump reached his hand up her skirt and groped her while seated next to her on a flight in the late 1970s.

    “He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere,” Leeds said, adding that she fled to the back of the plane.

    During an interview on NBC News’ “Megyn Kelly Today” in December, Leeds added that she was at a gala in New York three years after the incident on the plane when she ran into Trump, who recognized her and called her a c—.

    “He called me the worst name ever,” she said. “It was shocking. It was like a bucket of cold water being thrown over me.”

    Trump’s response:

    Trump denied the allegations and during a rally in October 2016, suggested that Leeds wasn’t attractive enough for him to assault.

    “People that are willing to say, ‘Oh, I was with Donald Trump in 1980, I was sitting with him on an airplane, and he went after me,'” Trump said. “Believe me, she would not be my first choice.”

    Ivana Trump
    Donald Trump and his former wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen in May 1988. Reuters

    In a 1990 divorce deposition, Trump’s first wife and the mother of his three eldest children Ivana Trump accused her then-husband of raping her in a fit of rage in 1989.

    Ivana said Trump attacked her after he underwent a painful “scalp reduction” procedure done by a doctor she had recommended, tearing her clothes and yanking out a chunk of her hair.

    “Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than 16 months. Ivana is terrified … It is a violent assault,” Harry Hurt III, who obtained a copy of the deposition, wrote in a 1993 book about Trump. “According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.'”

    Ivana later slightly altered her allegation, saying that while she felt “violated” on that occasion, she hadn’t accused Trump of raping her “in a literal or criminal sense.”

    “[O]n one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage,” Ivana wrote in a 1993 statement. “As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

    Ivana is mother to Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump.

    Trump’s response:

    Trump called Hurt’s description of Ivana’s allegation “obviously false” in 1993, according to Newsday. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, argued in 2015 that his client could not have raped Ivana because “you cannot rape your spouse.”

    “There’s very clear case law,” he said.

    Cohen later recanted, saying his comment was “inarticulate.”

    Kristin Anderson
    Screenshot/Washington Post

    Kristin Anderson, a photographer and former model said Trump reached under her skirt and touched her vagina through her underwear at a New York City nightclub in the early 1990s.

    Anderson, then in her early 20s, said she wasn’t talking with Trump at the time and didn’t realize he was sitting next to her when he groped her without her consent.

    “So, the person on my right who, unbeknownst to me at that time was Donald Trump, put their hand up my skirt. He did touch my vagina through my underwear, absolutely. And as I pushed the hand away and I got up and I turned around and I see these eyebrows, very distinct eyebrows, of Donald Trump,” she told The Washington Post in October 2016.

    Anderson said she and her friends, who were talking together around a table at the time of the incident, were “very grossed out and weirded out,” but thought “Okay, Donald is gross. We all know he’s gross. Let’s just move on.”

    Trump’s response:

    “Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity,” Hope Hicks, the president’s then-spokeswoman and current White House communications director, told the Post in October 2016. “It is totally ridiculous.”

    Jill Harth
    Screenshot/Inside Edition

    Jill Harth, a businesswoman who worked with Trump in the 1990s, told the Guardian in July 2016 that Trump pushed her against a wall, put his hand up her skirt, and tried to kiss her at a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the early 1990s.

    “He was relentless,” she told the New York Times. “I didn’t know how to handle it. I would go away from him and say I have to go to the restroom. It was the escape route.”

    Harth sued Trump in 1997 both for sexual harassment and for failing to uphold his end of a business deal with Harth and her then-partner.

    Trump’s response:

    Hicks responded to the Times’ reporting, denying Harth’s allegations wholesale.

    “Mr. Trump denies each and every statement made by Ms. Harth,” she said.

    Lisa Boyne

    Lisa Boyne, a health food business entrepreneur, told HuffPost in October 2016 that she attended a 1996 dinner with Trump and modeling agent John Casablancas during which several other women in attendance were forced to walk across a table in order to leave.

    As the women walked on the table, Boyne says that Trump looked up their skirts and commented on their underwear and genitals. Trump allegedly asked Boyne for her opinion on which of the women he should sleep with.

    Boyne joined Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks — three others who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct — in calling on Congress to investigate Trump in December.

    Trump’s response:

    Hicks denied Boyne’s allegations. “Mr. Trump never heard of this woman and would never do that,” she told HuffPost.

    And the list goes on and on…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  12. Yet they still come, knowing they will likely be caught and detained because they didn’t arrive legally.

    If I tried to sneak into France or Germany or China, you don’t think my ass would be hauled off to some detention facility?

    Come through the proper legal channels or stay in your own country.

    But enough of the bleeding hearts feel that detaining these illegals is “unfair” and “racists”.

    (We know…you need them as your Dem voting base now to replace all the babies you have aborted.)

  13. Free Pinata’s for all ! as long as they punch the ticket correctly that is.. blue for free Pinata’s…

  14. I will be there with my Protest Sign Against this Treasonous Criminal Racist Trump Regime and his brainwashed by Reich Wing Hate and Fear mongering propaganda Base of Ignornant MAGAts.

    It will read “Free The Children” “Lock Up the Fascist Felon”.

  15. Well Bob what a waste of your time and money, holding a sign?

    Gather up your friends, line them all up, and one at a time, volunteer to “Sponsor” an Illegal or an Illegal family.

  16. Bravo Bob! A real American patriot. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  17. Hi Fellow Resister of Fascism Angel!

    Nice to meet you!

    Looks like I found a New Play Ground to educate the Ignorant MAGA’t Morons Brainwashed by 20 years of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Brietbart, Et Al, to vote against thier own Families Economic, Environmental, Healthcare and America’s Interests by Supporting the Treasonous Fascists in the Republican Party along with th The Ignorant Moron, Traitor, Conman, Pathological Liar and Felon Trump and the Fascist Oligarchs that Fund and Control them All.

    It Should be FUN!

    to learn what happened to them.

  18. A poster here has rhetoric similar to a frequent writer to the NW Herald “Letters to the Editor”.

  19. Angel’s long rant proves he’s delusional.

    Yep, send him to Saudi Arabia or Israel.

    Angel, instead of sitting on this blog making delusional, twisted rants, you should be focussing on finding a job away from children like AJ Freund.

  20. I just came back from our wonderful protest/rally in front of the McHenry County jail. Hundreds of great American patriots there; great speeches, a moving tribute to the children who have died In ICE custody, and a renewed commitment to confront fascists and immigrant haters wherever they are, and that includes, our glorious McHenry County sewer sunshine blog. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  21. Don’t confuse people seeking a better life with convicted dangerous felons who came here illegally.

    Obviously, they need to be removed as soon as possible.

    Congress’ failure to act is the reason for this disaster.

    One thing is for sure – Chuck, Nancy and the rest of career politicians give a flying f@@@ about the kids in detention. Not now or when
    BHO was in the White House.

  22. Perhaps an attendee at one of the rallies last night to defend illegal immigrants can share here what was said about the so-called concentration camps at the southern border and drinking water from toilets.

    These have been the talking points of some moronic Democrat politicians and the mostly left leaning media.

    Former Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, said this past Spring (on FOX News) that the situation and procedures recently used at the southern border are the same used by him and the Obama Administration in 2014.

    Where were the mostly left wing media and the protesters back then?

    Why aren’t the current protesters calling for the arrest and charges of Barack Hussein Obama and Jeh Johnson for their treatment of aliens in 2014 who were “just trying to get a better life”?

  23. Buah, buah, buah, the flag, buah, buah, buah, buaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh…! How creative these compassionate conservatives can be to deflect the issue and vomit their hatred toward immigrants! Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  24. Low information, stupid and useful idiots in the U.S. easily get propagandized and brainwashed by people with agendas from the mostly left wing media and various Democrat politicians. They continually portray illegal immigrants and illegal immigrants charged with other crimes as merely “immigrants”. The media and Democrats do a great dis-service to those immigrants, approximately 1 million per year in recent years, who obey all rules, follow procedures and come to the U.S. legally. An “illegal immigrant” does not deserve the respect as same would be accorded to a “legal immigrant”. The “illegals” not only violate U.S. laws but violate and disrespect each and every U.S. citizen and legal immigrant.

  25. “An “illegal immigrant” does not deserve the respect as same would be accorded to a “legal immigrant”. The “illegals” not only violate U.S. laws but violate and disrespect each and every U.S. citizen and legal immigrant.” Our dear Sociology and Political Science professor continuously tries to vilify undocumented immigrants parroting fox news right wing talking points to perpetuate the scapegoating aimed at directing the frustration and anger of regular Americans crushed by this economic system towards the most powerless and vulnerable in the system: the immigrant. We have seen these attacks for years. Sadly, enough Americans fell for that lie and elected a 73 year manchild orange buffoon, which in the opinion of my professor is a brilliant business man despite going bankrupt six times. This 300-pound airhead has implemented the reign of persecution, oppression, and terror on immigrants that white racists were desperately waiting for, which explains how much they celebrate it. This nightmare will end in 480 days. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  26. Unitarians are real kooks. They want to bring trans drag queens to public libraries for schoolchildren.

    Now that’s pretty sick!

  27. tronald dump wastes no opportunity to ask people of color to return to their countries of origin. Have he asked his wife meeeooowwwlania the same? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  28. Some good points. Any person immigrating to the U.S. legally should be coming here because they love our nation, its system and government and want to be a part of it. However, if they are coming her for the wrong reasons, such as wanting to promote something from their country of origin which is anathema to our peoples and nation, then they should not bother coming to the U.S. but stay where they are at.

    Of course, anyone coming into our nation illegally, should be returned to their country of origin. Surprisingly, their are a number of U.S. citizens (presumably) who advocate for illegal aliens to stay in our nation, forgive their transgression and EVEN give these illegals free health care. Somehow, these people have evolved into irrationality (and perhaps are morons or imbeciles) for not defending our laws and nation.

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