More than 100 protesters gathered at the First United Church in Bloomington Wednesday night to condemn the separation of children and parents crossing the U.S. border illegally. The meeting comes despite President Trump’s executive order Wednesday to stop separating children from families after they are detained.
Emily Nehus organized the meeting. She says she wants to see immediate action to help the kids in Texas detention centers.
“Our American society is not doing very well in taking fast action when it is necessary. We’re gonna try and make this happen fast,” Nehus says.
The meeting broke up into small groups to concentrate on specific issues that could have more direct results.
Nancy Kalina is an activist in Bloomington. She says the issue much larger than what that order addresses.
“We still have an immigration issue that really need a lot of attention. This is an outcry, this is basically saying wake up America,” Kalina says.
Organizers hope to create an action based on the discussion from the meeting.