'Families Belong Together' rally to reunite immigrant families

Participants in Little Rock made their voices heard on the front steps of the State Capitol.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- Over 700 "Families Belong Together" marches took place Saturday across the United States. Demonstrators, outraged by the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy which separated more than 2,000 undocumented children from their parents.

Participants in Little Rock, too, made their voices heard on the front steps of the State Capitol. The overall message: immigrants are welcome.

In a nation run for the people, by the people, a sea of citizens practicing their freedom of speech took to Downtown Little Rock. The crowd, stretching all the way down Martin Luther King Drive and onto an overpass, sharing their message.

"It's the most inhumane thing," Dalton Thompson said.

He's speaking out against the separation of immigrants caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It's the height of cruelty," he added.

And many of Thompson's counterparts, showing their support for immigrant families, too.

"Persons that are coming into this nation are coming here because they believe that we have a land that supposedly is free and it's supposedly home of the brave," Anika Whitfield with Poor People's Campaign said. "We want people to feel that they're welcome to come here whenever they cross that border."

The Families Belong Together march concluded on the State Capitol's front steps Saturday afternoon. In the crowd, members of the American Civil Liberties Union, Arkansas United Community Coalition, and many other social justice and immigrant-rights groups, all taking part in making their voices heard.

"We want families to know that they won't be separated once they get here, and we will work hard to make sure that they stay together," Whitfield explained.

She says the message today is not about partisanship, but human rights and justice, as participants practice holding elected officials accountable.

President Trump did sign an executive order recently to end family separation by detaining families together. Currently, about 2,000 undocumented children are waiting to be reunited with their parents.

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