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Briley Jones, left, and Conna Wilkinson hold signs protesting the treatment of immigrant families at the Keep Families Together Rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 15, 2018. The rally took place outside the office of Sen. James Lankford and organizers handed out pamphlets with Lankford's number so that protesters could call and ask him to take action. Photo by Anya Magnuson, The Oklahoman
Briley Jones, left, and Conna Wilkinson hold signs protesting the treatment of immigrant families at the Keep Families Together Rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 15, 2018. The rally took place outside the office of Sen. James Lankford and organizers handed out pamphlets with Lankford's number so that protesters could call and ask him to take action. Photo by Anya Magnuson, The Oklahoman


Each morning, Shanna Allen scrolls through her phone and calls the number she has jokingly listed as “BFF Senator Lankford” to tell Oklahoma's junior U.S. senator that he should oppose the separation of children from their parents at the southern border.

“He isn't really calling me back the way a BFF” — or best friend forever — “would,” she said.

So, on Monday, Allen joined about 50 other protesters outside Lankford's office in Automobile Alley. The group, holding handmade signs, urged the Oklahoma City Republican to support a Democratic bill that would prohibit federal agents from separating families as a deterrent against undocumented immigration.

“I'm appealing to him and his humanity,” said Rena Guay, the event's organizer. “He's a human being, a father. This is so basic that it transcends politics and faith. All people understand that families are a unit and children need that chemistry.”

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Briley Jones, left, and Conna Wilkinson hold signs protesting the treatment of immigrant families at the Keep Families Together Rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 15, 2018. The rally took place outside the office of Sen. James Lankford and organizers handed out pamphlets with Lankford's number so that protesters could call and ask him to take action. Photo by Anya Magnuson, The Oklahoman

Briley Jones, left, and Conna Wilkinson hold signs protesting the treatment of immigrant families at the Keep Families Together Rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 15, 2018. The rally took place outside the office of Sen. James Lankford and organizers handed out pamphlets with Lankford's number...

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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