Families Belong Together rally comes to Eugene

People in Eugene and across the US will protest the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Posted: Jun. 14, 2018 8:07 AM
Updated: Jun. 14, 2018 11:09 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Thursday, thousands of people across the U.S. will join marches, rallies, and vigils to protest the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers. The movement, called "Families Belong Together," follows a massive day of action on June 1. 

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In Eugene, a rally will be downtown at Kesey Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be speakers, including former mayor Kitty Piercy.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that all people who cross the border illegally would be prosecuted separately, meaning parents and children could be separated.

Organizers of the Families Belong Together movement say separating children from their parents is cruel and inhumane. They say in part, "As parents, it is unconscionable that the U.S. government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our government's actions re-violate them, causing untold damage ... We are calling for immediate reforms and an end to this barbarism."

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