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'It's a human rights issue:' Immigration rally planned in RF

Major news media has been filled with pictures of immigrant children in recent days. The accompanying stories say these children have been separated from their parents, and held away from them in separate facilities.

Many have spoken out against this policy of separating children from parents.

Locally, those numbers include Dr. Jackie Brux and Rev. Barb deSouza.

Immigration has long been an important subject for Brux. She and deSouza decided to organize a local rally to protest this policy and two other recent policy changes. They reached out to several local churches, asking them to share information about the rally with members.

Brux said the rally, set for 4-5 p.m., Monday, June 25, is against the new immigration policies of separating children from parents, and eliminating gang violence and domestic violence as reasons for granting asylum to those seeking it in the United States.

However, Brux said the rally is to protest policy, not politics. She said to her, it's a moral issue.

"People talk about citizens' rights and immigrants' rights," Brux said, "But we need to talk about human rights. It's a human rights issue."

Brux said she's found many agree with her.

"Even people at all ends of the spectrum have been outraged by what immigration is doing with especially child separation at the border," Brux said. "A lot of them are very young, and everybody agrees it's traumatic for children and traumatic for parents."

The rally will be at the intersection of Cascade Avenue and South Main Street. Brux said anyone interested is invited to come.

The rally, she said, will be peaceful and lawful, not blocking entrances of buildings, not blocking traffic, following traffic rules and regulations.

The protest is open to all, Brux said.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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