WASHINGTON – They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs saying, "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied across major cities and tiny cities across America on Saturday, separated from children's accounts that were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border during the recent mass demonstration against President Trump's immigration policy. 19659002] flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to Conservative Appalachians and Wyoming. They gathered on the front yard of a border police station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where immigrant children were kept in cages, and on a street corner near Mr. Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is Spend weekend
Mr. Trump has withdrawn from family divisions in the midst of bipartisan and international turmoil. His "zero tolerance policy" prompted officials to remove more than 2,000 children from their parents for trying to enter the country illegally. Most of them fled violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.
"They have people fleeing persecution and violence being put into military bases as if they were Osama bin Laden or something," said Faiz Shakir, political director of the ACLU, to CBS News.
Saturday's march urged the government to reunite families that were already separated
A Brazilian mother who separated from her 1
"We came to the United States to seek help and we never imagined so I ask all, please, release these children, give me my son back," she said with an interpreter, crying ,
"Please fight and keep fighting because we will win," she said. The crowd broke out
In Washington, D.C. An estimated 30,000 demonstrators gathered in Lafayette Park opposite the White House in what is probably the biggest protest of the day, which extended for hours under scorching sunshine. Firefighters spotted the crowd to help people cool off.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical "Hamilton," sang a lullaby dedicated to parents who were unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys 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 are being caged," said Emilia Ramos, a cleaning lady in the neighborhood. fighting tears at the rally. "To see everyone together for this purpose is emotional."
Thousands of characters waved around her: "I do not care," some read, referring to a jacket worn by First Lady Melania Trump while visiting child migrants. The back of her jacket said, "I really do not care, U?" and there was a call for protesters on Saturday.
"I'm worried !! Do you?" Read Joan Culwell's T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver.
"We care!" Protesters shouted in front of Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz says resistance to the "barbaric and inhumane" policies of the Trump administration seem to transcend political boundaries.
"This is the problem that affects many people," said Robin Jackson, 51, from Los Angeles.
Singer John Legend sang the crowd and Democratic politicians who clashed with Mr. Trump had strong words for the president, including US Rep. Maxine Waters, who demanded his removal from office.
19659002] The President participated in the protests on Twitter to show his support for immigration and customs enforcement, as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Mr. Trump, who was on duty in New Jersey on Saturday, urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose their minds" and wrote: "The Radical Left Dems want to get you out of there be." Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 Republican republicans urged to vote for immigration reform measures that failed last week,
which contradicted a post three days ago in urging the GOP congressmen to pass them by.
In Trump's hometown of New York City, another huge crowd flocked over the Brooklyn Bridge in stifling 90-degree heat, with some carrying their children on their shoulders and shouting, "Shame!" The drivers honked to assist them.
"It is important for this government to know that this policy of tearing families apart – treating people less than human beings as if they were vermin – is not the way of God" this is not the law of love ", said Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an episcopal priestess in Brooklyn.
Although experienced anti-Trump protesters rallied, others were new to activism, including parents forced to act after heartrending accounts of families being torn apart.
Marchers took city parks and downtown Maine outlets across Florida to Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the international bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, even in Antler, North Dakota, Population 27. Some of the demonstrations were hilarious, others silent.
Five people were arrested in front of an ICE office in Dallas because they were a street e had blocked. At least one arrest was made in Columbus, Ohio, when protesters obstructed a downtown street. In Minneapolis, local traffic was temporarily shut down as thousands of protesters got in the way of the tracks. A rally in Portland, Maine, became so big that the police had to close part of a main road.
But in Dodge City, Kansas, a 100-member rally led by a Catholic church felt more like a mass than a protest […]
In rural Marshalltown, Iowa, about 125 people gathered for a march Steve Adelmund, a father of two, who was inspired to deliver the message on Father's Day and saw children separated from their families and kept in cages.
"It hit me in the heart, I cried," he said.
"If we do not say" children should not be separated from their parents, where are we? " "He asked," We have to speak now, as long as we can, before we can not. "
Drum bumps and horns sounded as thousands of demonstrators walked on the streets of San Francisco.
" We came here to the "It's unacceptable," said San Francisco-based Barry Hooper, who was with his wife and two daughters.
His 7-year-old daughter Liliana held a shield that she made and said, "Stop the breakup."  Three thousand kilometers away in Washington, protesters ended their march in the Whitewashed Ministry of Justice. They piled their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against their large wooden doors.
"Fight for families," demanded a sign. Wing activists with the Patriot Prayer group also have permission to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they were planning a strong police presence.
Sharaf and co-organizer Erin Conroy have teamed up with immigrant groups.
"This is not my wheelhouse," Conroy said. "As far as I'm concerned, this is a national emergency we all need to focus on."
Immigration Attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressmen and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration risk that started decades ago. But the family separation policy is a watershed to attract a wider range of protesters, she said.
"At last, to have people on board who want to be active, march and take to the streets," Rivas said. "It's motivating for us as advocates because we need to move on."
On Thursday, more than a thousand people and organizations including the ACLU, Texas ACLU and United We Dream gathered in Texas to demand that separated families be reunited immediately, the ACLU said in a press release. They gathered in Brownsville, which, according to the ACLU, is one of the "hardest hit" areas under the Trump government's "zero tolerance" policy.
"The government has no plan to reunite families, but we have a plan," said Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas ACLU. Refugees are welcome here, immigrants are welcome here, we will not stop until every single child is reunited. "