‘Rally For Refugees’ set for Wednesday afternoon

The subject of illegal immigrants being separated from their children has received increasing attention over the last several days. With that, Bartholomew County Indivisible has announced a rally to take place Wednesday evening. Kari Tyree is a member of the organization’s immigration subcommittee.

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Tyree says the ultimate goal is to end the practice of family separation.

Officials say that Wednesday’s rally will occur, rain or shine, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of Columbus City Hall. Bartholomew County Indivisible’s Facebook page is calling for people to show up with signs aimed at President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Trump Administration says it is merely enforcing the law and is urging Congress to address it. As for children being separated from their parents, the administration notes that thousands of children are being sent, unaccompanied, in an effort to earn “refugee” status. They say that, often times, the parents will show up at the border at a later date and are counting on being reunited with their children and allowed to stay in the country. Officials also note that human-trafficking is a major concern, especially with these unaccompanied minors. President Trump again reinforced his position on Tuesday that unfettered illegal immigration into the U.S. must be stopped.