People protest in Asheville over ongoing crisis at the border

Protests broke out in Asheville a day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to begin detaining families together instead of separating parents and children. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Protests broke out in Asheville a day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to begin detaining families together instead of separating parents and children.

For people in Asheville, they say that's still cruel and inhumane. Many are still outraged over the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Elizabeth Dankoski showed up with her young daughter.

"I will do everything in my power to stand up for what is right," she said.

For her, images of children alone, without their parents, hit close to home.

"I grew up in a small Christian commune on Cape Cod, and, when I was 12 years old, I was separated from my parents," Dankoski said.

She only got to see them twice a week.

"I think of the trauma that's being inflicted on those children, and what I went through was traumatic, but I wasn't put in a cage. I was allowed to see my parents," Dankoski said.

The separations near the border occurred because the Trump administration recently adopted a "zero tolerance" approach. Officials argued laws and court rulings prevented them from detaining children with parents and required them to be separated, but Wednesday's executive order attempts to sidestep those limits.

On June 30, another rally to protest the immigration policy will take place in Asheville. It's one of hundreds of rallies planned to happen across the country that day.

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