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Keep Families Together rally held in South Omaha

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 23:16:21-04

Americans across the country are making their voices heard this weekend at loud rallies from coast to coast. They are demanding that thousands of immigrant children be set free and reunited with their parents.

These rallies were held in cities all around the nation today to speak out against the Trump administration and the separation of families at the border. One rally was even held in south Omaha where hundreds attended.

People of all ages gathered at Saturday’s rally. Donelle Leach brought her 7-year-old granddaughter to today’s rally. "This morning we talked about what's going on with the children at the border and we talked about how all the children in the world are God's children, not just the children in the United States who look like us but all the children,” said Leach.

Leach said she felt it was important to rally today because the separations are something that she thinks about daily. "Every night when I go to bed I think what would it be like if I did not know where my grandchildren were,” said Leach.

Another attendee at Saturday’s rally was visiting her son here in Omaha from Connecticut. As the daughter of immigrants she felt it was important to rally today. "It's irreparable damage that is being done right now and if we don't nip it now we're gonna be very sorry for a long time to come, it's an extremely serious situation and changes have to be made,” said Judy Miller, an attendee at Friday’s rally.

Another immigrant at the event even publicly shared his story. "For myself it really does hit home because I am a DACA recipient,” said Eric Lopez, he shared his story at the rally. Lopez moved to the U.S. with his mother at just 5 years old. "My parents they worked a lot and with that every time they would go to work I felt that loneliness, and I know how these kids are feeling and that feeling is 10 times what I used to feel as a kid,” said Lopez.

He says while he feels angry and sad about what is currently happening but he feels hopeful changes can be made when he sees rallies like this. "I am marching for all immigrants, I am marching for my parents, I'm marching for myself and for everyone that is being affected by this administration,” said Lopez.