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Protesters rally at Columbus ICE office against separation of immigrant families

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- For the second day in a row, protesters rallied in downtown Columbus in opposition to the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern border.

Wednesday’s protest was organized by members of the First United Universalist Church, including Jan Phillips.

“Every day that a child is separated from his or her parents counts,” Phillips said. “We have got to take a strong moral stance  and say that separating children and their parents is morally wrong and we, the United States, will not do it. It will not be done in our name.”

Several dozen protesters gathered in front of the local offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Amanda Vandenberg was there with her 6 year old daughter.

“I couldn’t imagine if someone took her from me and put her in a cage and left her crying by herself to sleep,” Vandenberg said. “Nobody deserves that no matter where they came from, or why they’re here.”

Vandenberg says her great grandmother came to the United States from Croatia to avoid starvation. She said what’s been happening on the southern border in recent weeks doesn’t fit with America’s history.

“To get to where they thought they would be safe and not only tell them, ‘No- you can’t be safe her’ but also that we’re going to take your child and not tell you where they are...”

The protest was peaceful with no arrests.


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