Thousands Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Policy in New York and Washington DC
Thousands of people took to the streets in Washington D.C. and New York City Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which caused over 2,000 children to separate from their families who crossed the border illegally.
In downtown Washington D.C., scorching heat did not stop protesters pouring into Lafayette Square, marching across the street from the White House toward the Capitol.
They chanted “we care,” “keep families together” and other slogans slamming President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policy.
Protesters said while Trump has signed an executive order suspending the policy to separate parents from their children at the border, most children haven’t been reunited with their parents.
In immigrants-friendly New York City, thousands of people also braved intense heat to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. The marchers clapped hands and chanted slogans to voice their outrage over the immigration policy.
Organized by “Families Belong Together,” the rally in New York began at Foley Square around 10:30 local time. The protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge before rallying in Cadman Plaza.
“No Ban. No wall. No Raids. New York is for all,” read one protester’s message.
“Abolish the Constitution!” read another.
The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy dictates that all immigrants arriving at the U.S. shores illegally should be handed in for prosecution and detained under federal custody, and that children traveling with their parents will be sent separately to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, where they are supervised by other family members, provided with shelters, or sent to foster homes.
As a result of the hardline policy, distraught children separated from their families, sparking domestic and global outrage.
Facing domestic and international backlash, Trump signed an executive order on June 20 reversing his policy of separating families, and replacing it with a policy of detaining entire families together, including children, but ignoring legal time limits on the detention of minors.
The Trump administration announced on Friday that it will now hold families together for longer than 20 days.
According to government figures, more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families after illegally crossing the U.S. southern border with Mexico from May 5 through June 9.
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