Liberal activists, parents and first-time protesters motivated by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border plan to rally in hundreds of cities nationwide Saturday to press President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite the families quickly.
One of those rallies happened right here in downtown Columbus at our State Capitol.
Jim Kalna was one of many who held a sign at the rally.
He says he has found U.S. immigration policy a problem for decades.
“To make it better is to have policies that are respectful of a life, of the people that are trying to come in this country and establish themselves and become part of the fabric of the country,” Kalna says.
Families like the Nalls used this day as a teaching tool for their kids.
“We didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to teach our kids about activism and standing up for what’s important to you so we found our nearest rally,” says Jessica Nall.
“We know that families already got separated so there’s a marching parade that we’re in so they if they change their minds they might get families back together,” says 4-year-old Maddy.
“I think it’s up to a lot of people to first shine a light on it,” says Andy Nall. “Coming together like this helps and then it’s a matter of putting this into action so it’s great to come together one day and march but that’s just the start.”
“Seeing this many people from different walks of life come out around one cause it does really make you feel like there’s hope for a brighter future,” says Jessica Nall.