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'Keep Families Together': Raleigh group protests border separation

Posted June 20, 2018 8:09 a.m. EDT
Updated June 20, 2018 8:18 a.m. EDT

— A group in Raleigh will rally on Wednesday to show their opposition to the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally prosecuted.

The Carolina Peace Center is organizing the event at the Bicentennial Plaza.

Organizers of the rally, called Keep Families Together, believe what's happening is inhumane. Their goal is to advocate for migrant children who are being separated from their parents.

Since children can't be jailed with their parents, after the adult is charged, children are held briefly by Homeland Security officials before being transferred to Health and Human Services, which operates more than 100 shelters for minors in 17 states.

The crisis at the border and the images of crying children has been putting pressure on lawmakers who are anxious to end the practice. Faisal Khan, the director of the Carolina Peace Center, says the zero tolerance policy is unacceptable.

"The event is about awareness," said Khan. "The event is about Americans coming together from the whole political specturm. This is not a republican, democrat or independent issue. This is a humanitarian issue, a human rights violation."

Khan says his group will ask North Carolina senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr to support a bill that would end the separations.

The rally starts at 4:30 p.m. Members of clergy, lawyers and community members are expected to speak.