Immigration policy rally held in downtown Montgomery

Hundreds of citizens attend immigration policy rally held in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Saturday afternoon, hundreds gathered in downtown Montgomery urging for action to reunite families that were separated at the border.

Saturday's rally was just one of the nearly 600 demonstrations taking place across the country to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Trump's zero-tolerance policy has received much criticism after it separated thousands of children from their parents at the border.

"They are human just like us. I mean how would you feel if your family was torn apart here in the U.S.? You're just trying to seek a better life if you're trying to get away from abuse and gang violence," Stephanie Barnett, a protester, said.

"Separating families at the border is wrong and inhumane," John Pollock said.

Pollock brought his 2-year-old son to the rally and said he couldn't imagine life without him.

"I could never survive if that were me. I would never be able to survive. It should never happen to anyone, no matter what," Pollock said.

But that became the reality for thousands of families trying to cross the border. Protestors held signs reading "Families belong together," and "Immigrants make America great."

Even though the Trump administration signed an order reversing the family separation policy just last week, only a handful of the children taken from their parents have been reunited with their families. To some at the rally, a handful just isn't enough. They want all separated families to be reunited immediately.

"Keep the families together. Reunite the families that have been separated, and give them a better life just as they're seeking," Barnett said.

She said she won't stop until she sees it happen.

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