They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs saying, "No more children in cages," and "What's next?
In large cities and tiny cities, thousands of protesters across America, separated by children separated by their parents, gathered in the US-Mexico border, in the last act of mass immigration policy against President Donald Trump.
"I hope decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we take back land, this evil will not prevail," said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, among hundreds who live in their state capital.
Over 700 planned marches attracted hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities such as New York and Los Angeles to the Conservative Appalachians and Indiana to the front yard of a border patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children are kept in cages.
There people held A Merican and Texas flags and signs depicting a migrating father, mother, and child as the Holy Family with haloed heads traveling through the desert.
In New York City, Trump's hometown, thousands of marchers flocked over the Brooklyn Bridge in smoldering 90-degree heat, chanting "Shame!" and "Donald Trump must go!" The drivers honked to assist them.
"It is important that this government knows that this policy that rips families apart, treating people less than humans, as if they were bugs, not the way of God, they are not the law of love," said Pastor Julie Hoplamazian, an episcopal priestess marching in Brooklyn, whose grandparents fled to the United States during the Armenian genocide.
"Jesus was a refuge," she said.
In Washington Lafayette Park opposite the White House gathered a huge crowd, which was probably the biggest demonstration of the day.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical "Hamilton", sang a lullaby that was dedicated to parents unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys brought her seven-year-old son with her and read a letter from a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.
"It's annoying: families are being separated, children being caged." said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district who resisted the tears at the rally. "Since we all see together for this purpose, it's emotional."
Thousands of characters waved around her: "I'm interested, right?" Some read and referred to a jacket worn by the First Lady when she visited migrant children amidst the global uproar over the government's zero-tolerance policy that forced the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. Her jacket had "I really do not care, U?" scrawled across his back, and this message has become a collective call for the protesters on Saturday.
"We take care!" Protesters shouted in front of Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz said the resistance to the government's "barbaric and inhumane" policies seems to break political lines. Marchers' signs are: "Pity and not cruelty" and "November is coming."
Trump joined Twitter on Saturday morning to demonstrate his support for immigration and customs enforcement under Democrats' demands for major changes in immigration
Trump Trump from New Jersey told Trump Democrats "put a lot of pressure on ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women I've ever seen. " He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose their spirits."
Although many who called for rallies across the country were anti-Trump protesters, others were new to immigration activism, including parents who feel compelled to respond to heartrending accounts of children forcibly removed from their families. when they illegally crossed the border. In Portland, Oregon, for example, several mothers who stay at home organized their first rally while caring for small children.
"I'm not a radical and I'm not an activist," said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organizer. "I've just reached a point where I had to do more."
Immigrant interest groups say they are thrilled that the topic is gaining momentum.
"Honestly, I'm blown away by Americans showing up for immigrants like these," said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers.
Throughout the country, groups gathered in city parks and downtown venues, and photos quickly began snooping in social media.
Some wore tiny white jumpers. " "What if it was your child?" "No family prisons," said another.
On the international bridge that links traffic between El Paso and Juarez in Mexico, other demonstrators came together, signs with slogans such as "We are all immigrants" chanted hatred, make America big.
Marchers gathered in Raleigh, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Houston, Antlers, North Dakota, population 27.
Margarita Perez held up a Mexican flag when speakers addressed the crowd in Albuquerque She said they Worried about the children they took from their families, their parents left without knowing how to find them.
"These children who detain and separate them are our future generations. We have to take care of these children, "she said. They will be our future leaders.
The Democratic mayor of the city picked up the microphone and stated that they were there to "resist", and the crowd broke out in a roar 1
Associated Press reporter Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Emily Schmall of McAllen, Texas, Amy Taxin of Los Angeles, Rick Callahan of Indianapolis, Ryan Tarinelli of Dallas, Bob Lentz and Ron Todt of Philadelphia Claire Galofaro of Louisville, Kentucky, and Julie Walker, Michael Sisak and Gillian Flaccus of New York City contributed to this report.