North Carolina group protests at ICE detention center in Virginia

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RICHMOND, VA – FEBRUARY 09: The Virginia State flag and the American flag fly near the Virginia State Capitol, February 9, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia state politics are in a state of upheaval, with Governor Ralph Northam, State Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment involved with past […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About 60 people from North Carolina traveled to Virginia this weekend to protest outside of a privately-owned detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement.

WRAL-TV reports that members of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church traveled from Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday to Farmville, Virginia, to pray and demonstrate outside the facility.

The Rev. Nancy Petty is the pastor at the church. She says people who are being held in detention centers are people fleeing violence and persecution.

Petty says the United States needs to find a different way to respond to people who need help.

Petty says these are concerns discussed from the pulpit in church, and members of the group were moved to take their beliefs on the road in protest.

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