Dozens protest separation of families at the U.S. border in Columbus

Dozens protest separation of families at the U.S. border in Columbus
Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Uptown Columbus against the separation of families on the U.S./Mexico border.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Uptown Columbus against the separation of families on the U.S./Mexico border.

They say this comes after policy changes signed by Jeff Sessions in April.

"This policy renders requesting asylum illegal. It's an international law but they're making it legal in our country as an excuse to take these children and it's not right," says protester Leslie Lanning.

They say they're calling on local leaders to speak out to stop the separations at the border. Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop released this statement to News Leader 9:

Congressman Bishop is strongly opposed to the administration's policy of separating families at the border. Additionally, Congressman Bishop believes Congress must come together on a compassionate and comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson released this statement:

Senator Isakson does not think we should separate children from their parents at the border, and he believes Congress and the administration should work to keep families together whenever possible while enforcing our laws and protecting the border.

President Donald Trump says the kids are being well taken care of. He's now requesting a third option to Congress.

"What I'm asking Congress to do is give us a third option, which we've been requesting since last year---the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit," says President Trump.

Those here in the Fountain City says they're hoping for justice to be served in the country.

"What's happening now with these kids being separated from their parents is government sanctioned child abuse. Children's rights are human rights. I'm here today to say it's not right. It has to stop," says protester Valerie Haskins.

Organizers of the protest say depending on what happens with the policy, there may be another protest next week.

Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved.