Protesters Rally Against White House's Immigration Policy

Protesters Rally Against White House's Immigration Policy

More than 700 marches were held Saturday to protest the "zero-tolerance' immigration policy".

Though many participating in the marches are seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others are new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.

Trump later signed an order ending the separation of families but immigration lawyers say the process of reuniting children and their parents will be long and chaotic.

More than 600 marches could draw hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York City to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming.

Bocanegra was one of several speakers who addressed a crowd of about a thousand gathered in Grant Park on Saturday to demand that families held by the US government be reunited and to protest the policies that led to their initial separation. "It's been incredibly heartbreaking to see children being held in detention centers and being put in court rooms by themselves".

The rally begins at 11 Lafayette Park and will feature several speakers including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of musical "Hamilton" and actress America Ferrera. "That's not who we are", Hinds said. The main march is in Washington DC, but one of the people behind the movement, Anna Galland, said separate events in 50 states in total were planned.

In Trump'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!"

"I missed nine months of his life and it should never have happened", said the woman, Jocelyn, whose case dates from before the practice of separating families intensified in May. AUDIO: Migrant children separated from parents wail at U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilityTrump has rescinded his policy of separating children from their parents, but there is no word on when those who have already been separated will be reunited.

Hundreds crowded Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton to protest the Trump administration's border policy.

"We have a number of our members in L.A. County for Trump will be broadcasting our counter-protest live on Facebook and YouTube", organizer Arthur Schaper said.

In Houston, at a rally outside the City Hall, protesters chanted - "No baby jails". She said the parent-child bond is a sacred, basic human right and when that right is violated, especially in a time of distress, children can bear the psychological impacts for a lifetime. But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said.

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