Immigration rally draws thousands to downtown Atlanta

(Source: WGCL)

Thousands of people gathered downtown to call on the Trump Administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

"We come together to stand for the basic human truth that families belong together," said Representative Hank Johnson.

"These kids should never have been taken from their parents, especially moved 2,000 miles away with zero plan," said demonstrator Andrea Berlin.

Protesters held signs and wore shirts demanding the president take action to bring families back together. Representative Johnson kicked off the rally.

"To let President Trump and his minions know that we will stand up for America' values," he told the crowd.

Demonstrators marched from the Atlanta City Detention Center to the Richard Russell Federal Building about a half-mile away.

It was a diverse crowd with people from an array of ethnicities, backgrounds and political parties.

"I'm a Republican," said demonstrator Steve Wilson. "I've voted in every election Republican."

Although President Trump recently signed an executive order allowing families to now remain together at the border, some say that's not good enough.

Demonstrators want a plan to reunite the families torn apart.

"We don't know how aggressively or effectively it will be implemented," said James Rosheger of the president's executive order.

Congressman John Lewis closed out the rally to cheers from the crowd.

"We are sick and tired of seeing little children, little babies taken from their mothers. That's not right, that's not fair and history will not be kind to us."

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