Protests Across US Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

Protesters march through the streets during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago.Protesters march through the streets during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago.

Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the United States over the weekend against US President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy and to demand the immediate reunification of families separated at the border with Mexico.

Directly across from the White House, demonstrators on Saturday filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol, AFP reported.

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Portland also saw crowds of protesters turn out.

"We don't believe in borders, we don't believe in walls," Sebastian Medina-Tayac, of the Piscataway Indian Nation, declared in English and Spanish at the start of the rally dubbed "Families Belong Together."

Loudspeakers broadcast the cries of a child split from relatives, as a Brazilian mother told of being separated from her own son. "I missed nine months of his life and it should never have happened," said the woman, who only gave her name as Jocelyn. Her case dates from before the practice of separating families intensified in May.

"Shame! Shame!" the crowd responded in temperatures above 33 Celsius.

The president could not hear the protesters' shouts, as he spent the day in Bedminster, New Jersey at the Trump National Golf Club. There, too, protesters gathered on his motorcade route, many of them with signs about immigration policy. "Asylum seekers are not criminals," said one.

Trump took to Twitter to defend his stance on immigration. "When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering," he wrote.

Starting in early May, in an attempt to staunch the flow of tens of thousands of migrants to the southern US border every month, Trump ordered the arrest of adults crossing the boundary illegally, including those seeking asylum. Many trying to cross the US-Mexico frontier are destitute, fleeing gang violence and other turmoil in Central America.

As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures, a practice that sparked domestic and global outrage.


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