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Albuquerque rally demands family reunification at border

Kassi Nelson
June 23, 2018 09:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A rally led and attended by many local political leaders in Albuquerque demanded a plan to reunite the families that have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks.

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Cheers rose up from the crowd of dozens at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Saturday afternoon as the politicians promised to hold President Donald Trump accountable.

"I want to thank all of you for raising your voices for humane immigration and refugee policies rooted in American values. That's what today is all about," said U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

Heinrich had just returned from southern Texas on Friday, where he – along with fellow U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats – condemned the conditions that migrant children were being kept in while separated from their families.

MORE: U.S. Senate candidates criticize family separations, allege hypocrisy by Heinrich

The rally also drew complete silence when Amber Gray, a human rights psychotherapist, took the stage.

Drawing from her experience working with refugees, Gray provided a glimpse into some of the atrocities that have forced migrants out of their home countries.

"Imagine arriving, walking towards an official, seeing safety, and being detained and incarcerated and being held captive," she said. "That's a betrayal, and betrayal is one of the most difficult and painful ways that causes human beings suffering."

On Saturday evening, the Department of Homeland Security released details of the procedures being undertaken to reunite separated families. 

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