LAS VEGAS (FOX5)-- Community members came together Friday night to protest detention camps for immigrant families.
Hundreds of people took over the sidewalk in front of the Federal Courthouse building in downtown Las Vegas.
There were a lot of emotions. Even some tears as people told stories, chanted and sang.
“Why are they putting people in cages and why are they separating families from each other?” said Cecilia.
Cecilia, 11, and her sister who is eight made signs of kids in cages. The girls came to the protest with their mother who is originally from Mexico.
On Friday night protesters wanted to see detention camps close for good.
“Even though I was not born in this country I know this is not what our country is about,” said one woman to the crowd.
A local mother who attended the rally couldn't imagine her kids in detention camps.
“I’m also a mother. I would be devastated if I brought my child hoping to give them the best life possible and they died in the process...The way someone applies for asylum is they have to be in the country,” said Marisol Montoya.
Some protesters supported President Trump’s immigration policies. Constanza Areizaga is one of the many Trump supporters in attendance.
“I know what it’s like because I have actually traveled quite extensively and people sleep on floors, they have dirty water, they’re lucky if they even eat a tortilla. And over here they’re able to complain about shelter that our government is paying for and we pay for as tax paying citizens,”said Areizaga.
Once the sun set, the crowd held a moment of silence with candles and lights from their phones to honor immigrant families.
Protesters spent quite some time chanting things like, “stand up fight back” and “abolish ICE.”
On Sunday, President Trump announced ICE is raiding ten major us cities.