Latino Democrats of Allen County hold "Stop ICE" rally

The Latino Democrats of Allen County organization started two months ago, but they already have a decent amount of support from the community. Most of them are speaking out on the executive order to stop separation of families and calling for change in leadership.

Posted: Jun. 23, 2018 7:04 PM
Updated: Jun. 24, 2018 9:39 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- They held a Stop ICE rally downtown to show unity with the families who've been separated at the U.S. border.

Some concerned residents of Fort Wayne gathered in front of the Allen County courthouse Saturday afternoon to voice their concerns on immigration.

From educators to people running for political office, voting is the message echoed Saturday in light of what's currently happening to children and families impacted by ICE.

"To see that people are here demonstrating speaking out against it, I think it gives a lot of people hope, and it gives me hope because I want to let people in our state know our voice matters," president of Latino Democrats of Allen County Pablo Hurtado said.

One of the speakers was Purdue Fort Wayne University professor Max Montesino. He's vocal about immigration because he knows what it's like first hand.

"I told the people, as an immigrant that came to this country and studied and became a professional and now I teach, I relate to what exactly my people are going through," he said.

Like many others he came for a better life and sympathizes with the separated families.

"We're talking about people that came seeking asylum. What they found is family separation,"Montensino added.

The event was put together by democrats but there were also republicans in the crowd calling for change on how immigration is handled.

"I want to show the Latino community in Fort Wayne that there's people out here who are standing for these issues. I think it's easy to feel alone here in our city and in our state, but there's people working toward positive change, people working toward implementing policies so they can feel safe to live here in this country,"Hurtado said.

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