LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Protesters filled Tim Cole Memorial Park for a "Families Belong Together" rally on Saturday morning, many holding signs, carrying or wearing Mylar blankets.
Lubbock Democrats led this local rally as hundreds of similar rallies were held across the country.
The group gathered in solidarity with the thousands of children separated from their families while detained in immigration facilities. They're advocating for swift reunification of families that were separated at the border.
Protesters say they want sensible but compassionate immigration enforcement.
Saturday's rally was organized by local Democratic candidates for state and national office.
Miguel Levario, Democratic nominee for U.S. House District 19 said, "These children need to be with their parents as they are awaiting their due process. We feel that when they are unified and kept together in an environment that is supportive that they will have their case heard and due process will play out and they will also be safe. That is what we are looking at, safe unification of these families."
The president recently signed an executive order to end the family separations.
But Samantha Carrillo Fields, Democratic nominee for TX House District 84 said that order was not enough, "We said, you know what, we realize the executive order has been signed but it's not enough. We have to make sure that our leadership understands that they were elected to represent us and when they do not listened to us that is when we start putting candidates up that are going to fight against what they are doing."
Demonstrators say these children and families are having their human rights violated and want to see the administration's plan to reunify them.