Thousands march in NYC to protest immigration policies

Posted July 01, 2018

While protests are planned for across the country, the main march today is taking place in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, across the street from White House.

After weeks of growing and near-universal condemnation of his child separation policy, Trump signed an executive order ostensibly ending the practice he himself began.

On Thursday, more than 1,000 female activists marched through Washington Thursday to protest the separation of children from their immigration parents at the US-Mexico border.

Rachel Gregory, 39, was one 575 activists arrested Thursday during a protest at a US Senate office building. About a dozen clergy members were arrested that day outside the federal courthouse at 312 N. Spring St. after refusing to move out of the street when the Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly.

Protesters are calling for the abolition of ICE, which enforces the controversial zero-tolerance policy that has led to separation of over 2,000 children. Where are the marches, the protests, the outpouring of concern for Americans who die from drugs brought into this country by those here unlawfully?

Though many who show up will be seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others will be new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.

The US bid to get around restrictions on child detention is one of several court fights that broke out after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions said in April that a "crisis" had erupted at the nation's south-west border.

The policy led to intense criticism in the United States and overseas, and Trump signed an executive order that would let children stay with their parents as they moved through the legal system, drawing renewed criticism.

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Her jacket had "I really don't care".

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.

The Trump administration's current zero-tolerance policy was first implemented in April. Within 14 days, children under 5 were to be back with their parents, and within 30 days, children 5 and older were to be reunited with theirs.

Since then, the United States government has reunited 538 children with their relatives, but more than 2,000 minors still remain separated, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. He also said his colleagues want to fix "this broken immigration policy".

"We're children of immigrants", she said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal said on Twitter she was arrested at the protest.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families -that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.

"I sought it out", Elly Brinkley, who arrived from NY earlier this week, said Thursday.

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