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Central Ohioans rally in support of immigrant families

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The March to End Family Separation happening in Columbus allows people to speak for immigrants who are afraid or cannot do so themselves.

Here in central Ohio Edith Espinal said this rally highlights what her fight is all about.

“Somebody needs to tell him, 'don’t separate the families,'" said Espinal. 

She said those are words she would tell the Trump administration.

She has been living in the Columbus Mennonite Church for eight months using it as her sanctuary from deportation.

She said it’s the only way she says she can keep her family together.

“I need to stay strong for my family," said Edpinal. 

That has not been easy for her.

Just one week ago Espinal says her oldest son, who is also undocumented, had to go to the emergency room with a problem with his appendix.

This mother said she was unable to be there with her son in his time of need.

“I can’t stay with him in the hospital. I cannot stay with him to give him some hugs, and tell him everything’s going to be alright, and I love him.”

Espinal said this is what other immigrant families are going through around the nation.

Families sit in detection centers not sure if they will see their loved ones again.

That is why Espinal is happy that people here in central Ohio rally to stop the separation of families.

“If I could be there, I’d be there.”

Since she’s unable to be here for fear of being detained, she had a message for those who are at the rally.

“Please keep fighting. We need to fight.”

Espinal said she hopes her story, combined with rallies, inspires change to the current policy.

The March and Rally To End Family Separation happened from 5pm to 7pm Thursday.


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