"Families Belong Together" rally held downtown

VIDEO: "Families Belong Together" rally held downtown
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - All across the country today, thousands are rallying together to protest the separation of migrant families at U.S. borders.

Here at home, a local group took their protest to the heart of downtown Lake Charles at Lock Park.

Protesters chanted "love not hate, make America great" as they held signs advocating for the Trump administration to put an end to its zero-tolerance policy when it comes to migrant families.

The policy has led to thousands of children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border and inspired bipartisan criticism. President Donald Trump partially addressed the issue of family separation in an executive order signed June 20, but many feel that the problem is far from being solved.

Indivisible SWLA chairman, Caroline Woosley explained why today's event is so important.

"We're one of six groups in Louisiana, one of 35 groups in Texas and we just want to show that immigrants are welcome here. We think they're good people and we had a good policy for many years and we urge this current administration to re-adopt the policy of previous administrations," said Woosley.

Co-founder, Joy Pace said it's all about coming together and showing unity.

"Immigrants are humans and immigration rights are human rights and we all need to bound together; a unified nation is not going to be a divided nation and we really are all about joining together to make that happen."

Around 75-100 people showed up in solidarity at today's event.

To learn more about Indivisible SWLA, click HERE.

Check out familiesbelongtogether.org to learn more about today's events.

Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.