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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Protesters enter Hutto prison with toys for children

Protesters enter Hutto Prison with toys for imprisoned migrant and refugee children

Texas Civil Rights Review
Photo of two girls imprisoned in Hutto, photographed during happy days at home. The girls spent two months in prison with their parents and older brother and were deported.

By Greg Moses
Sept. 16, 2007
TAYLOR, Texas -- About 100 people protesting the imprisonment of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Prison in Taylor, Texas on Sunday evening marched across a parking lot to the front door of the prison and then entered the prison lobby with toys and wrapping paper. Jaime Martinez, National Treasurer of the League of United Latin American Citizens called for the march shortly after 5:30. Carrying a bullhorn, Martinez informed the protesters that prison officials had made a promise to come out and get the toys at 5 p.m.
When Martinez called for the people to take the toys to the children, the crowd pressed forward across a yellow line painted on the driveway marking official prison property.
"Bring the toys!" called Martinez from the prison door as volunteers grabbed boxes and bags of toys along with rolls of wrapping paper and rushed to the prison door.

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