OKLAHOMA CITY - On Monday morning, a group of Oklahomans speaking out about the separation of children from their immigrant parents at the U.S. border rallied outside of Senator James Lankford's office asking him to vote for legislation that would stop the separation practice.
"This is a family moral issue," Gary Lux told News 4.
Lux, along with others who are rallying against the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border, are calling it inhumane.
"You just can't imagine the trauma that they're going through because they don't have a mamma or a daddy to hold onto," said Tom Fightmaster, another Oklahoman who participated in Monday's rally.
"It would be heartbreaking to have my kids taken away, even for a short time, because you don't know how they're going to be treated," said Diane Fightmaster. "You know that they're going to be traumatized. They going to be upset, and you couldn't be there to help them."
That's why they rallied outside of Lankford's office on Monday, hoping he'll support legislation that would stop it from happening.
Lankford's office released a statement, saying:
“Senator Lankford does not support the separation of families at the border. Senator Lankford has been and continues to work with the Administration and his colleagues in the Senate to protect families and the US border.” - Aly Beley, Spokesperson, US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
"Separation is child abuse," Tom said. "Those children being separated from their families are being traumatically treated."
In Washington, it's been a bit of a blame game.
"I hate children being taken away," said President Trump. "Democrats need to change the law. That's their law."
Democrats' response to that is that Attorney General Jeff Session enacted the zero tolerance police back in April, leaving thousands of children in shelters and their parents in jail.
"As a Vietnam veteran, this is not the country that I fought for," Lux said. "This is America, gut-shot."
A bill that would stop the separation practice will be brought to Congress this week.