GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - A group of demonstrators wants to send a message: Refugee families seeking asylum in our country should never be separated from their children.
They gathered outside the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse Friday afternoon to get their point across.
"We're here today because we have concerns about children being separated from their families as they come to our borders as refugees or even illegal immigrants", says Kayla Dodson the Rally Organizer & Coordinator.
"This is not the moral and ethical foundation America was built upon", that's the message these demonstrators are voicing Friday afternoon. It's all in response to Immigration & Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, and U.S. Attorneys' decision to enforce legal proceedings over refugee families being separated.
"I feel strongly that people in the US care about families and children and will seek to find out more information. We all understand that it's a tough, tough topic, but we need to do all we can to keep children with their families", says Dodson.
"I think every parent would agree that it's important to have their children with them if at all possible", says Yvonne Finch, a concerned citizen who attended the rally.
"To me, it doesn't feel like this is an issue that should require a rally; it's just basic human decency, kindness, and compassion", says Jennifer Thompson who's demonstrating with her mother and daughter.
The group knows actions speak louder than words, which is why they've reached out to Colorado Senators Cory Gardener and Michael Bennett. The group tells us that senators response is that immigration reform is a top priority of theirs, and plan to keep in touch with them to make sure that priority is focused.
"We will be writing to various officials that have to do with this problem, what our questions and concerns are and to our senators, and to our representatives and mailing that off", says Dodson.
Friday's rally was in coordination with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, otherwise known as the ACLU.
The ACLU Colorado Office's website can be found by clicking here.