Demonstrators on Monday greeted Ivanka Trump outside a Syracuse, N.Y., school, protesting the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant families who had been separated after crossing into the U.S.
Protesters waved signs outside the Institute of Technology at Central High School reading “shame” and “Ivanka! Do you know where their children are?” Syracuse.com reported.
Trump was making an appearance at the school for a roundtable discussion on workforce development programs.
But outside the school, protesters kept their focus on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which prioritizes the prosecutions of people who cross into the U.S. illegally through Mexico.
That policy has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border in recent months, a practice that has sparked national and international outrage.
At the protest on Monday, one participant walked around in an oversized President Trump costume with a sign reading “monster” hung around his neck, a photo captured by Syracuse.com showed.
Photos of the protest also surfaced on social media, including one showing a giant inflatable chicken bearing a resemblance to the president that has also been seen in previous protests.
— Pat Dunham Marzola (@pat_marzola) July 9, 2018
Assembling outside Katko/Ivanka event in Syracuse right now pic.twitter.com/kJE8EeorfB
— Indivisible NY 24th (@IndivisibleNY24) July 9, 2018
The #Resistance is strong in Syracuse for Ivanka Trump’s visit.✊ pic.twitter.com/WJLFw9u8WO
— Justin Hardie (@OrangeHardie) July 9, 2018
Some protesters called out Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who joined Ivanka Trump at the roundtable discussion. Dana Balter, Katko’s Democratic challenger in November, was also at the protest, Syracuse.com reported.
The protest came as the Trump administration neared a Tuesday court-ordered deadline to reunite migrant children under the age of 5 with their parents. The government, however, appeared poised to miss that deadline.