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Protestors flood downtown Tulsa for "Families Belong Together" rally

Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 23:09:45-04
TULSA -- Hundreds of people rallying outside the Tulsa County Jail this morning were protesting the separation of immigrant families.
"How are these families able to live when they’re losing somebody who’s making the money, if they’re losing their father who’s going to work every day?" said Rosa Hernandez, an organizer of the rally.
Organizers want the public to know this isn't only happening at the border.
"People are being detained here at David L. Moss, people are being held under ice-holds and from here being transported out and deported," said Hernandez.
Some people at the protest have friends who shared their experiences of being deported.
"There's two people to a little row and they’re shackled with their hands and legs, and a hot ride all the way to the border," said Chris Shoaf, a speaker at the rally.
Rosa Hernandez is a DACA recipient, and says she only has a year left to be able to work legally in Tulsa.
She says this is personal to her being undocumented, as well as her family.
"We could be those people that are being funneled through here, through Tulsa and nobody is batting an eye for these people, that could have been us, that could’ve been me," said Hernandez.
Organizers of the rally want the public to get involved, and learn more about the resources and communities that advocate for immigrant families right here in Tulsa.
"If people aren't presenting facts then they are not presenting legitimate information and they’re not advocating for the people that need to be advocated for," said Hernandez.
Hundreds of cities across the country hosted "Families Belong Together" rallies on Saturday.

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