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01 July, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Hundreds of activists including actress Susan Sarandon center protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washingt

In New York, families, young people, children and the elderly - both recent arrivals and long-time citizens - all stood under a burning sun as part of a protest which a police officer said already numbered "a couple of thousand".

The crowd then marched down to the federal premises, where they occupied the atrium and several floors, chanting "we care" and "where are the children?" in reference to minors separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

The Families Belong Together rallies are protesting for an end to family separations, but also to reunite 2,000+ the families now being held in separate facilities all across the U.S.

Hundreds were taken into custody Thursday, and charged with unlawfully protesting at a Senate building. From New York City to Los Angeles, the immigration march comes in the wake of the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the southern border - which has been weighing heavily on everyone's minds as of late.

In a separate case a USA district judge in San Diego on Tuesday ordered that divided families be reunited within 30 days - and two weeks in cases involving children under five.

The Trump administration announced plans in April to prosecute all immigrants caught along the southwest border who illegally enter the country. "This really hits home for us", she said.

"It is the duty of every decent American to demand that it promptly reunite these children with their parents". Demonstrators in white clergy robes linked arms across the street and chanted "reunite", others waving signs that bore slogans, among them, "Stop separating families".




Migrant children are not permitted to be incarcerated with their parents and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In Atlanta, Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who once marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King, roused the crowd with by imploring the protesters: "Don't give up, don't give in - keep marching". Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy has seemed to cross political party lines.

Courtney Malloy, 34, a lawyer, said it was important to show support for immigrants and that administration policies are "not America". "It's definitely unbelievable just to see it and it feels really good".

Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago.

Marchers held placards calling for an end to family separations and for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be abolished.

Much of the uproar over the separation policy came after news organisations reported children being held in cells, converted warehouses and desert tents around the country.

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