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Thousands gather in US cities to protest Trump's immigration policy



Thousands protested in US cities to protest the now-twisted Trump government policy of separating migrant families at the US border.

Marsch organizers called for a large gathering in Washington, DC, and expected more protests in hundreds of cities. Tweets highlighted gatherings in Sacramento, California, Carlsbad, N.M., Boston, New York and other big and small cities. Protesters called for the reunification of families seeking asylum who were separated during the short-lived policies at the US border.

In Chicago, a large crowd gathered in downtown Daley with signs such as "keeping families together" should be kept in a cage "and" immigrants are making America big. "Some target the Trump family, with a reading," Trump separated from Ivanka. Other protesters danced with young children as musicians played 93 drums and horns-Heat

Esther Nieves

57, from the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, said their parents were Puerto Ricans who came to Chicago in the 1

950s. She said it was important to remember that all Americans are immigrants, with the exception of the Native Americans. "We are angry at what the president has done," said the nonprofit adviser. "We have to show the alternative face of the USA."

wife. Nieves was accompanied by her 27-year-old nephew,

Steven Torres,

a fourth-generation Mexican who said he was discouraged by the president's policies. He said he traveled from St. John, Ind., To "support the cause against the smashing of families." Mr. Torres, who works as a special education teacher in a public school, said about family separation: "God forbid that to an American anywhere else."

Nicole Miano,

37, from East Garfield Park, came to Daley Plaza with her young son, daughter, sister-in-law and two nieces. She said that as a Christian, she believes the Bible teaches to welcome strangers and strangers. Miano said she was in favor of the immigration reform, but "this is not the reform we need, we do not take it on children, on the most vulnerable." She said she brought her little children to teach them that " I want my kids to know if they have any strength, the most powerful thing to do is use them for people who do not. "

The Chicago police estimated that more than 50,000 people attended the rally and then marched through the city center. "March was over a mile long," said

Anthony Guglielmi,

Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police Department. There were no arrests, he said.

Earlier this month, President Trump ordered his government to try to keep asylum-seeking families together, a reversal after weeks in which he insisted that he had no choice but to separate children and adults

In Washington Thousands of people marched from Lafayette Square near the White House, past the Trump International Hotel and the Ministry of Justice. The police refused an estimate of the crowd.

President

Donald Trump

was not in Washington on Saturday. He was at his golf club in New Jersey, where he was expected to interview candidates for the opening of the Supreme Court through justice

Anthony Kennedy

Retirement.

Ashlynn Polanco, 25, said she came to the Washington protests because the families crossing the southern border remind her of theirs.

"My mother was an immigrant, undocumented, and she traveled from Nicaragua to the US because her country was trapped in a really bad civil war," Ms. Polanco said. "She came here with my brother as a one-year-old, so she would have been right where those kids and families are now if she came 20 or 30 years later."

Protesters shouted songs, sang songs, and trudged Signs while driving the route. Some hurled obscenities and chanted "Shame!" As they passed the Trump Hotel while others littered the Ministry of Justice building with signs and placards.

"It's really hard to sit at home with all those crazy things," said Sarah Forman, a lawyer in Washington, who attended Saturday's rally with her two children Donald and Benjamin and her mother Mary. Ms. Forman said she hoped to set an example for her children by participating in the protest.

"Benji asked if they would come and get him, so I think we are not alone," she said.

Mark Blacknell, a lawyer, also attended Saturday's rally with his two children. He said the stories about children separated from their families are particularly hard to hear as a father.

"It hits you in a real, emotional way," he said. "I think even if I was not a parent, it's hard to look at a family and imagine being torn apart."

Write to Shayndi Raice at shayndi.raice@wsj.com and Joe Barrett at joseph.barrett@wsj.com


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