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Hundreds Gather In Bloomington To Protest Immigration Policies

Protesters hold signs at an immigration rally in Bloomington. (WTIU/WFIU news, Tyler lake)

Hundreds of activists gathered in at the Monroe County courthouse Saturday as part of a national movement to condemn the Trump administration’s immigration policy.

Speakers addressed the crowd about issues ranging from the travel ban that bars people from primarily Muslim nations, from coming to the United States, to ending immigrant family detention.

Gavin Everett, with the City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, says he’s concerned about those children who have already been separated from their parents.

“While the latest executive order appears to stop future separation of families, it does nothing to reunite children who are currently detained in camps. It does not address how or when these children and babies will be reunited with their parents and other family members,”Everett says.

Protesters in the crowd held signs saying “Families Belong Together,” “End Family Detention,” and “Abolish ICE.”

Immigration lawyer Christie Popp called for activists to vote for the immigration policy they want.

“The thing is guys coming to a protest or saying that you’re angry on Facebook is not going to be enough,” says Popp.

Several organizations including, the Monroe County Democratic Party, Ninth District Latino Caucus and Showing Up for Racial Justice organized the event.

Hundreds gathered at a similar event at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Donnelly and Young each say they’ll support efforts to end family separation.

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