Carmela Huang from Brooklyn brought her two young children to the march. Both children had rectangular cardboard signs written in large Sharpie letters "REUNITE" this morning. Huang said they did not protest in 2018 yet. "But today it really feels important," she said. "I had my head in the sand and just felt very sad." She described the march as "soothing, energizing and rejuvenating".
Some demonstrators wore rainbow screens and blew bubbles, while a trombone player accented activist chants
Sadatu Mamah-Trawill, an organizer of the African Communities Together community, brought her 9-year-old son to protest. A Muslim woman, Mamah-Trawill, said that she still has a family in her birthplace Ghana and could not imagine being separated from her children.
A small group of mainly women and children rallied in Marquette, Michigan, in one of the few counties in the state that elected Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections , Silke-Maria Weineck, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, dressed her service dog Meemo with an "Abolish ICE" mark for the occasion.
"It is certainly a conservative part of the country". She added, "But people feel very strong about their children."
In front of the Bedminster Country Club, where Mr. Trump spent the weekend, were a few demonstrators to see. "My courtesy is locked in a cage," said a sign. "Join families now."