Hundreds march through uptown for immigration rights

Hundreds of protesters in Charlotte say they want protection and justice for immigrants as part of a nationwide demonstration Monday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds gathered in Marshall Park and marched through the streets of uptown Monday to fight for immigration rights. 

In the massive crowd was a mother who fears her family is about to be torn apart. 

"We just left the immigration attorney and there is no hope," said Concepcion Torres, with tears in her eyes.

Torres' husband is an immigrant from Mexico. She says he has been going through the citizenship process for years but has not completed it. Now, it may be too late.

"He got stopped for no license," she said.

Torres' husband was taken into custody. Attorneys told them that his deportation is an almost certainty.

"It's kinda scary to know that he could be deported at any moment," she says.

The couple share three young children together, including an infant. Their two little girls ran around Marshall Park Monday, laughing and waving American flags. The Torres', like so many, came to Marshall Park to fight for their family and other families like theirs.

Action NC and several other organizations mobilized Monday to call attention to the rights of immigrants. They marched to CMPD headquarters to ask police to stop checkpoints and to end participation in federal programs that often lead to deportation.

Some also brought a petition to Wells Fargo and Bank of America to try to get the banks to stop supporting political agendas that the activists feel endanger and divide the country. When demonstrators attempted to bring the petition to Bank of America around 10:30 a.m., they found the doors locked.

Several police officers monitored the demonstrations and described them as "peaceful", and "without incident".

Some of the demonstrators drove hours to take part.

"I come here for the cause," says Reverend Raymond Johnson who drove in from South Carolina. "I come to stand with black brown and white because there's no room for hate. We're all one and everybody deserves to be treated fair."

Liz Millsaps Haigler agreed, proudly wearing a shirt that read: "End White Silence."

"These are members of our community and we actually can't survive without them," Haigler said.

Torres wonders how she will survive without her husband.

The family was supposed to close on a new home next week. Now, she says, their American dream is on the line.

"It's hard, it's hard," Torres says. "There are other people that've done so many other worse things and they're still here, and my husband is not a criminal, he has no background. I want my family to stay together."

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