Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thousands march in USA against immigration policy

Thousands march in USA against immigration policy

The protest was held concurrent to dozens of similar rallies across Canada and the United States on Saturday.

More than 100 people protested outside the Trump hotel tower and USA consulate in downtown Vancouver to rally against the White House's recent policy of separating refugee children from their Mexican-border-crossing parents. President Donald Trump later reversed the policy that called for family separations.

Shouts of "shame" met the names of people and government agencies responsible for the government's recent attempt to separate children from their parents as they had crossed the US-Mexican border.

In cities like Los Angeles and NY, thousands of people marched with some holding placards calling for no more family separations and for the abolishment of the immigration agency ICE.

"There's so much wrong with family detention", Philip E. Wolgin, managing director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said in a recent phone interview with Mic. One sign read: "Compassion not cruelty" while another simply said: "Vote".

There were celebrity marchers, including comedian Amy Schumer and "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, who said the country was in a "time of enormous crisis", and an Episcopal priest who declared Trump's immigration policies were ungodly and un-American.

Some families traveled from neighboring counties to participate in the local Keep Families Together Rally.

The rally was organized by group March on Vancouver, and is one of 16 taking place in Canada, and dozens scheduled across the USA on Saturday.

During an earlier protest on Thursday, almost 600 people arrested in Washington including state congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, after hundreds of loudly chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building.

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In Houston, at a rally outside the City Hall, protesters chanted - "No baby jails". "As a nation and a people we can do better", Lewis said.

"Occupy ICE" camps have been set up in several U.S. states. Drivers honked their horns in support.

In the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, about 50 activists marched through downtown and travelled on to an worldwide bridge, holding banners against the border wall Trump wants to build and militarization of the areas alongside it.

Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet.

"By forcibly ripping families apart at the border, the Trump administration showed the world how morally bankrupt it truly is", said Steven Choi from the New York Immigration Coalition.

"It hit me in the heart".

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", Trump said in a tweet Saturday morning. "We must come together to stop this", said Ann Morgan of Scott Township.

And a 12-year-old migrant daughter named Lea stood tall in front of a crowd assembled in Lafayette Square - across the street from the White House - pleading for "change". They stacked their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against its grand wooden doors.

"Fight for families", one sign demanded.

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