‘Families Belong Together' Rally: Thousands protest family separations at border in DC

01 July, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Hundreds gather in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building to protest against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys brought her 7-year-old son, and read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.

Her jacket had "I really don't care".

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Friday afternoon that Saturday's rally was about sending a message to Washington, D.C., to enact immigration reform. Others marked "We Care" on their palms, reported ABC News.

'I get my mommy. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages", and "What's next?" Another pair of women handed them "Return the Children" wristbands, one in Bastian's size and one for his mom. "Now they're jailing families-and they haven't yet reunified the families already brutally torn apart", wrote the Families Belong Together coalition.

A girl holding a sign saying "I respect kids".

With a scorching hot forecast throughout the region, thousands of protesters will take to the streets today across the Bay Area in a mass mobilization against the separation of more than 2,000 migrant children taken from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

"I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist", said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organiser.

But the Trump administration points out that most of those migrants never showed up for court.

Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled to see the issue gaining traction.

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June 30 we're putting ourselves in the street again. But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary. The protest is timed with other protests nationwide and is also meant to oppose Trump's ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations.

As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures, a practice that sparked domestic and global outrage.

"We are here to say we're ready to sacrifice, and we're ready to leave our jobs, leave our families to come and take this act of civil disobedience here", Sarsour said.

San Francisco: Protesters will start at Mission Dolores Park at 10 a.m. and will march to the Civic Center, 355 McAllister St., where they will rally at 11 a.m.

"We have a number of our members in L.A. County for Trump will be broadcasting our counter-protest live on Facebook and YouTube", organizer Arthur Schaper said.

Protesters took over the Hart Senate Building wearing foil blankets and chanting to abolish ICE.

The sit-in of protesting women was organised by two liberal groups, Women's March and the Centre for Popular Democracy Action. They said people who were charged and fined could pay 24 hours after their arrests, but it was not clear who had been fined and how much.

Capitol Police warned protesters that if they did not leave the building they would be arrested.

The Trump administration's current zero-tolerance policy was first implemented in April.

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