“Families Belong Together” Rallies in Albert Lea and Rochester

June 30, 2018 08:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Hundreds of thousands of people across the country rallied at more than 700 planned marches on Saturday all under the banner “Families Belong Together.”

They are protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policy and are pushing to reunite families separated at the U.S. – Mexico Border.


Bill Busse organized the “Families Belong Together” event in Albert Lea. About one hundred community members came to rally.

"I haven't seen a crowd this large at an Albert Lea protest ever," said Bill.

He says he was moved to stand up, so history doesn't repeat itself.  

"I was getting flashbacks to stories we have heard about 1930s Germany. This is how things start. We make villains out of some people," said Bill.

People chanted; spoke about their own immigrant experiences and what they can do to help going forward.

"I don't want to see people and our whole country giving into fears about immigration, because immigrants are what have made our country great," said Albert Lea resident Jennifer Vogt-Erickson.

 People of all ages came out to show their support for the cause.

"It's not right to put kids in cages and make them do it for absolutely no reason. They are part of this continent and country and should be treated the same,” said 13-year-old Erika Saindon.

In Rochester, hundreds more came out to the Peace Plaza on Saturday.

"It breaks my heart that babies are separated from their mothers, and we don't have any idea where they are," said Rebecca Harkess.

"We want to stand with all of these other people who are here today to say this is inhumane and we must stand together against it," said Paul Harkess.

 These were just two of hundreds of rallies organized around the United States today by social justice groups. Demonstrations were also held in Duluth, Mankato, and Lanesboro.


Talia Milavitz

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