A group of local immigration activists rallied in Uptown Normal to make a push toward keeping families together. Community members gathered on Thursday at noon to protest children being separated from their families at the border.
Several people were chanting, holding signs and signing notes to Rodney Davis. They then marched down to Davis’ office to hand him the notes and ask him to help make a change.
“As a mother it makes me cry, to hear the stories to see the pictures,” said Karla Bailey-Smith, a woman who attended the rally and march. “To imagine my two or three year old son being taken out of my arms just because I am fleeing danger.”
This was one of the larger gatherings the cause has garnered and Bailey-Smith said there would have been more people if the event had been held on a weekend as a opposed to a week day.
After the march they went back to Uptown Circle and listened speakers who have been personally affected by the separations. Emotions filled the crowd but all in all they just want to see a change in the public opinion.