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'Give the babies back': Families Belong Together rallies across the Treasure Valley

On the corner of Main Street and Franklin they stood in resistance of president trump's immigration policies. Their signs and chants all showing support for the immigrant families who are being separated at the border (KBOI Staff Photo)

Protesters across the country rallied against the federal government's policies surrounding illegal immigrants and accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hundreds of people in the Treasure Valley turned out for the 'Families Belong Together' rally. Many were at the Statehouse but another smaller group in Meridian made sure their voices were heard.

On the corner of Main Street and Franklin they stood in resistance of President Trump's immigration policies. Their signs and chants all showing support for the immigrant families who are being separated at the border.

Organizers say they considered marching to Meridian City Hall but they wanted to make sure they were seen and heard.

They had three demands reunite families now, end family detention and end 'zero humanity.'

"It's called zero tolerance but it's really zero humanity," said Meridian event organizer Bret Bockelman.

"When I first heard the news about kids being separated it made me cry, i was so upset because they're little. What can they do? They're all by themselves they're going to get hurt. They could get sad. They're going to go into deep depression. It's not right. It should be fixed soon" said protester Alicia Frias.

"This one (her daughter) is four years old and I asked her what she wanted to say so she made her own sign which is 'Give the babies back. That's not okay.' And this one (her younger daughter) is not quite old enough to articulate that well but the idea that children younger than my girls are having to represent themselves in immigration court is just completely absurd to me." said protester Tricia Klein.

They say it's important to stand up and show that they care because these people's live and families are important. Organizers say they will continue spreading this message because they say what is happening at the u-s mexico border needs to end.

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