Hundreds of thousands of people march in US cities to ask Trump reunite families separated at the Mexico border and end his “zero-tolerance” policy. The main demonstration was in Washington where more than 30,000 people took part in less than two hours.
Dozens of advocacy groups, including MoveOn and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that are known for supporting actions against Trump organized the Families Belong Together national day. They had three demands: reunite separated families at the borders, end family detentions and end zero-tolerance policy. Karthik Ganapathy, a spokesman for MoveOn said:
I’ve never seen so many people that so deeply care about immigration. This is unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s just a huge amount of opportunity and we have to ride this wave to making change.
The people had signs “Families Belong Together” and “Immigrants are welcome here,” as well as “Love has no borders.” About 2000 children were separated from their parents at the border. Although Trump reversed his decision, many remain separated.
Totally 628 protests were registered in 50 states and some international locations like Berlin and London. The demonstrations took place after a bill designed to stop splitting up families, and limiting legal immigration, failed this week. This bill, a “compromise” between conservative and moderate Republicans in the House, failed by losing every Democrat and some Republicans’ support.