While Clinton was here for a private meeting with Austin Democratic campaign donors, that didn’t stop members of the nonprofit Grassroots Leadership from trying to have a sit down with Clinton to discuss her promises to close the Karnes City and Dilley family immigration detention centers. Though not allowed inside, members of the group snuck in and began singing inside the hotel lobby.
Cristina Parker is the immigration program director at Grassroots Leadership.
“This is a state where family detention is a really huge issue, we have massive family detention centers that hold Central American women and children. Hillary Clinton said she is against this policy, but we are asking her to use her influence as the powerful person that she is to push the Obama administration to end this now. She said she’ll end it in November, but these women can’t wait, they are suffering. I don’t think she can ignore this issue in our state and just raise money and leave," Parker explained.