Millions March Around US To Speak Out Against Trump Administration's Separation Of Families
The Trump administration's family separation policy has reignited the resistance.
The nation continues to tear itself apart as the Trump administration backtracks on its harsh immigration policy separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico borders.
On Saturday, hundreds of American cities hosted marches aimed at pushing the Trump administration to reunite the families who have already been separated.
There have been estimates of more than 2,300 children were taken from their families as part of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the U.S. illegally faced being prosecuted. After the outcry from the Left and some on the Right, Trump signed an executive order to halt the policy.
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Young children and teens were placed in facilities in border states while family members were provided with little information on how to retrieve their children. NBC News reports upwards of 600 marches took place in liberal cities like Los Angeles to more conservative states like Wyoming.
Celebrities and politicians took the stage at events around the country to speak out against the policy. Singer Alicia Keys told thousands in Washington, D.C., she couldn't imagine losing her son Egypt like so many others lost their sons.
"If it can happen to any child, it can happen to my child, and your child, and all of our children," says singer Alicia Keys at the immigration rally in Washington, D.C. She then reads a letter written by a mother who was separated from her son. https://t.co/j5AGXVIZ6v pic.twitter.com/ZtGYN80Jy5— CNN (@CNN) June 30, 2018'
Speechless!!! I can’t believe I met my favorite singer! Thank you @aliciakeys for standing up for us immigrant children! Together we will change this country! #FamiliesBelongTogether #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch #AliciaKeys pic.twitter.com/qJXsHQz92A— Leah! 🤗🌈❤️ (@LCayasso) June 30, 2018'
Civil rights legend and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was on hand at a protest in Atlanta reminding fellow marchers that America can do better.
"As a nation and a people we can do better," Lewis said. "Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep marching."
.@repjohnlewis speaking at #Atlanta #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch moments ago: "We are sick & tired of seeing little babies taken from their mothers. That's not right, it's not fair & history will not be kind to us. As a nation and as a people we can do much better" #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/fLTBTWvajk— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 30, 2018'
Director Ava DuVernay and actresses Kerry Washington and Tracee Ellis Ross encouraged their fans to take to the streets to call out the administration.
Indefinite family detention, blanket rejection of asylum, group hearings, failure to reunite families under court order. This cannot stand. Raise your voice. Fight for justice. Text BELONG to 97779. Join one of 600+ protests near you. #KeepFamilesTogether#FamiliesBelongTogether pic.twitter.com/Dch9ad4oxt— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 30, 2018'
Hey Tweeple! I’m here at the New York #FamiliesBelongTogether rally at Cadman Plaza. The crowd is marching across the bridge!!!!!! This is what democracy looks like. Come join us NOW. XO— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 30, 2018'
PS: Not in NY? Check the link for an event near you 🙏🏾https://t.co/xLKobLcWHT pic.twitter.com/63ZygRGFvH
#FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch Tampa 4. There was a speech by a German lady about her country's nasty experiences with fascism and how the "waivers" for the Muslim Ban don't work. pic.twitter.com/G3gzF0dLtH— #AbolishICE & #SaveSCOTUS 🌊🌻🌹🏳️🌈 (@scatesryan3) June 30, 2018'
“This is a letter to all the children in the detention centers. Do not think of America as a cruel place where people hate you and put you in jail. There are good people who are going to help you find your families again.” Young girl at DC march #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch pic.twitter.com/XCapfiLXDH— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 30, 2018'
This sign and little girl depict America at its best right now.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 30, 2018'
A 9-year-old girl has more compassion, common sense, and moral standing than the leader of the free world.
BEST SIGN EVER!
Photo: @Gomab4lif#FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch pic.twitter.com/pVZFFI53eN