Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Major cities, tiny towns host immigration policy protests

Major cities, tiny towns host immigration policy protests

Thousands dressed in white and gathered early Saturday morning in sweltering 90-degree heat in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day's protests.

Although Trump signed an executive order June 20 ending the family separation, the rallies will continue today in protest of the administration's immigration policies.

His comments come as the administration works to end the Obama-era policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border.

It is not the first such protest to take place, with almost 600 women arrested on Thursday during a sit-in at a US Senate building against the government's migration policy. "While there are no plans to reunite the children who have already been taken from their families, we stand together to say families belong together".

After Donald Trump announced his zero-tolerance policy on illegal border crossing in April, around 2,300 children were separated from their families. Those attending the rally will also protest President Trump's ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, which was upheld in the Supreme Court this week. "We will not stop until all the families are judged by the content of their character and not the possession of a legal piece of paper", she said before leading a loud chant: "Trump, where's your heart!"

The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort past year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.

MacKenzie Banks, 19, carried a sign at the Washington protest that read, "If these children lived in my uterus would y'all start caring". The protestors say they want more transparency on what happens next to those children.

Some 2,000 children remain split from their parents, according to official figures released last weekend in the wake of global outrage over the stripping of minors from their parents believed to have crossed illegally at the US-Mexico border.

The Women's March demonstration is part of a wave of actions against Trump, whose administration began seeking in May to prosecute all adults who cross the border without authorization. "And reunify the children with their parents", according to organizers.

The Justice Department said in a separate filing on Friday in Los Angeles that the injunction by the judge in San Diego requires it to reunite children with their families in detention facilities and should make it exempt from the 1997 settlement requirement that the children are either released to relatives or sent to facilities that are state-licensed to care for dependent children.

"This was a tipping point", said Sullivan, a professor who splits her time between McLean Va. and Miami Fla.

In Los Angeles, Angelica Salas said she has been marching to fix the immigration system for almost two decades.

Galland said she and US Rep. Pramila Jayapal put out a call for protests less than two weeks ago, and they've been "overwhelmed" by the response.

"The whole political atmosphere is an issue for me", he said.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families -that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.

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