'Families Belong Together' protest draws thousands in Mpls

'Families Belong Together' protest draws thousands in Mpls

'Families Belong Together' protest draws thousands in Mpls

The protesters were women who oppose the president and, in particular, his calls for a stricter immigration policy.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the "Families Belong Together" march and rally Saturday in downtown D.C.

The protesters, mostly women dressed in white, sat on the Hart Senate Office Building's marbled floors and wrapped themselves in metallic silver blankets similar to those given to migrant children separated from their families by U.S. immigration officials.

In Portland, Oregon, for example, several stay-at-home moms organised their first rally while caring for young kids. "We just kept hearing over and over again, if it was my child, I would want someone to do something". "While there are no plans to reunite the children who have already been taken from their families, we stand together to say families belong together".

Nevertheless, chanting "We Care" and "Abolish ICE", the protesters demanded Congress act to end Trump's policies regarding unlawful border crossings.

A main event in Washington, D.C.is expected to draw tens of thousands of marchers, two days after thousands of women marched to Capitol Hill and almost 600-including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)-were arrested for demonstrating in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.

Since then, the USA government has reunited 538 children with their relatives, but more than 2,000 minors still remain separated, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

"Donald Trump and his administration have cruelly separated thousands of children from their families", a statement on the event's website read.


The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) makes arrests and otherwise enforces the administration's immigration crackdown, but an emerging coalition of politicians, activists and pro-immigrant protesters has begun calling for the dismantling of ICE.

See the stream below for what's happening at protests across New Jersey and the United States.

Sharaf and three other women recently fired up their laptops and cellphones at her dining room table - one mother breastfeeding her son as she worked.

"I sought it out", Elly Brinkley, who arrived from NY earlier this week, said Thursday.

Sharaf and co-organizer Erin Conroy have coordinated with immigrant advocacy groups.

After federal Judge Dana Sabraw granted the preliminary injunction ordering that migrant children separated from their parents be returned to their families within 30 days - 14 days for children under 5 - the number of people signing up to participate in the protest increased, organizers said. This will go down as the biggest immigrant rights march in USA history.

"To finally have people on board wanting to take action, marching, taking to the streets", Ms Rivas said.

Demonstrators in front of the White House prior to a march against the separation of immigrant families.

Courtney Malloy, 34, a lawyer, said it was important to show support for immigrants and that administration policies are "not America". "We need to provide for these children", she said.

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