Ralliers opposing President Trump's immigration policies gather in downtown Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Just days after the Supreme court upheld President Trump’s travel ban to Muslim countries, people across the U.S. and here at home are protesting the decision.
Saturday morning a cheering crowd of more than 150 people held signs in blazing 93 degree heat on the steps of Metro Hall in downtown Louisville.
Their message: Stop separating parents from their children at the border and for the President to loosen his travel ban to Muslim countries
“This is an inhumane policy. It is not a republican or democrat or conservative or liberal ideal to just ignore families,” said Omar Salinas, who spoke at the rally. Salinas and his family fled Central America because of the increasing crime.
The family is now trying to build a new life in Louisville and are opposed to the thought of separating families at the border – saying there are many issues that need to be addressed.
“Just immigration reform overall, really. This is one big issue that we keep kicking down the road,” Salinas said.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by members of the ACLU and Indivisible Kentucky as he reminded the crowd that Louisville is a welcoming city for all people.
“The future of our city and our county will only be as great is the love and compassion we show to our newest citizens,” Fischer said to the crowd – many of them wearing white in solidarity against immigration policies.
Many of the signs held up read “Families belong together” and “We welcome our neighbors.”
Salinas knows not all people oppose the President’s immigration stance and hopes those who do, vote in November, Salinas calling it one of the most important midterms in years.
“It is a very American value for families to be at the core of our society and I think that is why it struck a chord with a lot of people,” Salinas told WDRB after his speech. “We’re human beings, too and basically just fighting against the idea that the immigrant is the other.”
Rallies were held all across the country today including in Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
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