Our Favorite Signs From the Families Belong Together Marches
01 July, 2018, 07:15 | Author: Sheila Harris
About 750 Families Belong Together rallies drew hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets Saturday in every state of the country - from big cities such as Boston, New York, and Chicago to tiny ones such as Antler, N.D., population 28. They shook their fists in the air. She carried a sign that asked, "Where are the children?".
The protesters blasted family separations at the border brought on by President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting anyone crossing the southern border illegally.
"There are a lot of different opinions - obviously, this is Berkeley - and you might not love the Democrats", she said.
That created what critics call a "catch-and-release" policy, which they blamed for the new surge in families streaming to the border. We stand to this. He spoke out against Trump's stance against illegal immigration.
"It's abhorrent (and) evil", Crook said.
"People across my state of NY, all across the country are furious with this administration's policy to separate children from their parents", Sen. Drivers honked their horns in support. The protest focused on Dreamers, those young people who came to the U.S.as children.
"I am a refugee", she said.
In Washington, D.C., another massive crowd gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest protest of the day, stretching for hours under a searing sun.
A number of celebrities have also expressed their support, including actresses Julianne Moore, America Ferrara and Natalie Portman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical Hamilton.
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For almost 20 years that ruling only applied to children who arrived at the border unaccompanied by parents. "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional".
And on June 26, a federal judge in California ordered immigration authorities on the border to reunite families within 30 days.
Families Belong Together, a coalition that has advocated against the zero tolerance policy, is sponsoring the event.
The crowd provided a refrain of "shame" as an organizer ran down a list of people marchers are blaming for the family separations.
Around 4 a.m., before Saturday protests officially started, Trump tweeted from his golf club in New Jersey: "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit".
"I feel like it's really important to model this kind of activism for my children", Mathias said. "I wanted to join this fight to get my son back and for all the mothers who are suffering so far away from their children". "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers. "I could easily be one of those folks who just showed up at the border seeking asylum". "What if it was your child?" was written on one.
Last week, similar protests were held downtown and at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility, where some migrants were being detained.
The Rev. Elizabeth Grasham, 34, attended a rally in Houston, where she serves as pastor of Heights Christian Church.
More than 2,000 children have been separated from their families as a result of the policy, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "When children are held in government custody apart from their primary caregivers for long periods, they suffer profound and long-lasting injury", reads the lawsuit cited by Buzzfeed. "We need to provide for these children", she said.
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