North Carolina church protests outside Virginia ICE facility

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In this June 26, 2019 photo, the entrance to the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

RALEIGH, NC (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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