Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thousands protest in USA over migrant separations

Thousands protest in USA over migrant separations

"It's not just political", she said.

DW's Michael Knigge met with Krzystof Sadlej from New York City, who had emigrated with his family from Poland when he was a boy and come to the United States under the diversity visa program that Trump wants to abolish. "We must come together to stop this", said Ann Morgan of Scott Township.

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday for a march and rally to decry the separation and detention of immigrant families.

They stacked their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against its grand wooden doors.

In the president's hometown of New York City, an estimated 30,000 marchers poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, "Shame!" Drivers honked their horns in support.

The Los Angeles march will be the second major demonstration focused on the Trump administration's immigration policy to be held within a week downtown, following a series of protests and rallies that occurred Tuesday when Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to town for a speech.

"Jesus was a refuge", she said.

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. Cases can sometimes take months or years to resolve.

In response to a federal court order, the Trump administration announced a new policy with regard to migrant families on Friday. "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional". "Do you?" scrawled across the back, and that message has become a rallying cry for Saturday's protesters.

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

People across many major towns and cities in the U.S. had been urged to gather under the slogan #familiesbelongtogether. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy has seemed to cross political party lines.

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Another sign warned, "November is coming", referring to the midterm elections, in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the seats in the US Senate are up for grabs.

"Abolish ICE", said another sign, reflecting growing calls by activists for abolition of the country's frontline immigration enforcement agency.

A splinter group of several dozen protesters in Washington went to protest at what they said was the residence of Stephen Miller, a White House adviser known for his hardline views on immigration.

"To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump tweeted.

The demonstrators included immigrants, activists, and parents moved by accounts of children being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border. "I'd be in Congress", said protesters Tom Thompson.

"I spent many days sick and without hope, " she said in Spanish.

Hudson, who attended Saturday's rally in Portland with her daughter and daughter-in-law, held a sign that said: "We were just following orders - Holocaust prison guards 1943 - ICE Officers 2018".

"Honestly, I am blown away".

Lead organisers of the march include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from ME to Florida to OR; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the worldwide bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27.

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