'We care': Family separation protest flood U.S. cities

01 July 2018, 12:33 | Isaac Mcdaniel

AP Eight people were arrested outside an ICE building in Portland Oregon that has been closed because of a round-the-clock demonstration

Eight people were arrested outside an ICE building in Portland Oregon that has been closed because of

The Washington protest was to begin in Lafayette Square - directly across from the White House - before a march toward the Capitol.

Faced with a barrage of criticism both at home and overseas, Mr Trump last week signed an executive order to halt the family separation practice, but made no specific provisions for those already split apart.

As well as reuniting parents with their children, organisers are calling for an end to immigrant detention - even when families are kept together - and also plan to voice opposition to President Trump's travel ban targeting five majority-Muslim nations, which was upheld by the US Supreme Court earlier this week.

Rachel Gregory, 39, was one 575 activists arrested Thursday during a protest at a US Senate office building.

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 people, who engaged in protests with several Democrat lawmakers.

Attendees will include several women who also participated in Thursday's demonstration and were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. That police had led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents before the Trump administration halted the separations in late June. Other famous names who attended the event include Eugenio Derbez, Laverne Cox and rapper Taboo. "We have a situation where the Trump administration seems to be aiming to detain families", said Karthik Ganapathy, a MoveOn.org spokesman.

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 Women's March protesters who filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill today in opposition to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border enforcement policies.

At the rally, Robert Burghduf of Allendale carried a sign that read "We Need to Fix our Moral Compass". The protestors say they want more transparency on what happens next to those children.

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This week, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the government to quickly reunite migrant children with their families, though it's not yet clear how officials will meet the court's deadlines for doing so. "There is just nothing worse to me".

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, directing federal prosecutors to criminally prosecute all adults crossing the border illegally.

"If you are pro-family, you can not separate families", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said to the crowd at Los Angeles City Hall.

"This was a tipping point", said Sullivan, a professor who splits her time between McLean Va. and Miami Fla.

Trump says illegal immigration fosters crime and he implemented a "zero tolerance" policy in May to prosecute all immigrants apprehended for entering illegally.

"To finally have people on board wanting to take action, marching, taking to the streets", Ms Rivas said.

"I think if you asked someone on the street, 'Is it a political question whether we should tear babies out of their mother's arms?' they would say, 'No, that's a moral question, ' " Galland told CNN's Christi Paul.



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