WATERVILLE- Most people spent Sunday with their mothers, but one group was working to make sure everyone has that chance.
‘The land of the free and the home of the brave’ is what dozens of people said they gathered in Waterville on Mother’s Day to defend.
“The rally is a nationwide event, so we’re showing our support.” said Mary Dunn, one of the rally’s organizers. “It’s to raise awareness for family separations along our southern border.”
People of all ages, including children with their parents, spoke out about what they call an injustice.
“I think people should be more active about it, like putting up signs or talking to people that can change it.” said Riviera Hernandez, one of the rally’s attendees.
Many people were calling on their lawmakers for change.
“Our government is better than how we’re acting right now.” said Dana Bushee, another rally attendee. “I think there’s a lot of people that want to help, but we’re not exactly sure how.”
According to the Mother’s Day Rally website, at least 50,000 people are being detained in immigration jails.
Those at the rally expressed exceptional concern about the Homestead Migrant Detention Center in Florida, which houses thousands of minors seeking asylum.
“So much money is being made off of them.” said Dunn. “They’re not following the national law of the ‘Flores Agreement’ saying children cannot be detained for more than 20 days. Some are being detained for 60.”
Organizers say one of the most important things people can do is get educated and contact their lawmakers.
“Let them know we want them to go down there.” Dunn explained. “We want them to go to Homestead and see what’s happening and we want them to co-sponsor these bills that are being put in front of the House.”
Most importantly, their goal is to keep families together.
“I really love being with my parents and I hope all children can be with their parents” said Hernandez. “Because they help them grow up and get through life.”