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Hundreds join ‘Families Belong Together’ march, rally in Lafayette 

Posted: 4:59 PM, Jun 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-30 17:59:51-04

Thousands across the nation are demanding President Trump’s administration to reunite divided families. More than 700 marches were held Saturday to protest the "zero-tolerance’ immigration policy.

The organization Indivisible Acadiana joined that movement at Parc Putnam in downtown Lafayette.  
   
"There are like 750 marches happening throughout the United States today, and I wanted to be part of one of them," Margo Billeaudeaux, of Lafayette, said. 

More than 2,000 immigrated children still remain separated from their parents. Those participating in Saturday’s marches hope to put pressure on the Trump administration. 

The crowd chanted in downtown Lafayette: "Do not separate!"  

"Families belong together," Billeaudeaux said. "These are misdemeanor crimes that the parents are committing. They do not deserve to be separated." 

Among the many voices in the crowd, Jesús Flores, a native of Mexico, is a migrant worker in Acadiana. He said during his speech that the "zero-tolerance" policy is devastating his family, friends and colleagues. 

"To see what’s happening and to see the pain it’s caused to so many people, is really depressing," Flores said. "All the people want to do is work.  Earn a decent living. They are not criminals as they’ve been painted. It’s very unfair. "