Rally held in Greenville against immigration policy that separates families


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Protesters took to the streets of Greenville today calling for an end to the “zero tolerance” policy on immigration that has separated children from parents.

The stood outside of the offices of Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott, calling on them to put an end to the separation of families at the border.

“No hate no fear, everyone is welcome here,” was one of many chants heard between noon and 1pm downtown Tuesday.

They came from across the political spectrum; Activists, clergy, politicians and families.   

The news of nearly 2000 children being separated from adults since May hits especially close to home for  Anna Cortes who was just 8 when her family made their journey.  
“Whenever I see it on the news my heart breaks into peaces and my tears start coming out,” said Cortes.

Many of the people there were also at a vigil on Thursday on this same topic, but as more photos and audio is posted online of families being separated, a growing number of local people want to speak out.

“They show up to say, this is not OK, right, for me, I am a mother, and I am a Christian, and I am an American and this is not who we should be.  This is not OK, it’s breaking my heart and I can’t stay silent about it,” said Lawson Wetli, the President of the League of Women Voters.

“We like to talk about human rights violations around the world but this is a shameful thing for our nation to be doing,” said Will McCorkle with Upstate Dreams.

The protesters marched from outside the offices of Senator Lindsay Graham to Tim Scott… Hoping the legislator step in.

In an interview with CBS news, Graham said he supports a bill from Senator Ted Cruz that would expedite hearings.

“Keep families together but make sure they show up for the hearing, is sort of the goal for me.  I don’t want to break families apart but I don’t want people to just roam around the country and not ever show up,” said Graham.

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement this week saying, in part, it does not separate families seeking asylum, but it now requires those traveling with children to prove they are the minor’s parents.   

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