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Thousands in U.S. march against immigration policy

Thousands in U.S. march against immigration policy”

Tens of thousands of people, including Indian Americans, took to streets in several USA cities to protest against controversial immigration policies of President Donald Trump which has resulted in separation of children of illegal immigrants. On Friday, the Justice Department said in a court filing that "the government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings".

More than 2,500 undocumented children were separated from their parents in the weeks since the zero-tolerance policy took effect.

They're demanding the two thousand children who are still separated from their parents after crossing the US-Mexico border be reunited.

The main Families Belong Together rally took place in the nation's capital on Saturday, which was reported to have drawn more than 30,000 people.

President Trump on Saturday (local time) defended the agency that played a central role in carrying out the separations - the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The protest at Washington D.C., which will take place in Lafayette Square near the White House, is scheduled to feature various speakers, including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Alvarez, who is Cuban-American, said: "We are protesting today because like our family, immigrants who come here seeking asylum are not criminals". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Demonstrators gathered on a street corner near the president's golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey.

In a written statement, the Capitol Police said around 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the office building. Workman made sure to dress Blythe in red, white and blue, a demonstration of her family's love of America, in spite of current events.

"With a little luck and some persistence he was able to get his papers and brought us to the U.S. in 1987", Flores said.

And there were plenty of shirts declaring, "I really do care, do u?" - a dig at the jacket first lady Melania Trump wore while departing for a trip to the southwest border last week. A federal judge has ordered that families separated at the border be reunited within 30 days.

In Charlotte, protestors called for a shift in how people view immigration. Three years ago, her uncle fled the country after nearly getting killed by four men who beat him up after he "looked at someone the wrong way", she said. "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

The crowd provided a refrain of "shame" as an organizer ran down a list of people marchers are blaming for the family separations.

"The rulings work together to permit detention of parents with their minor children with whom they are apprehended", the government said, adding that an "amendment of the Flores Agreement is appropriate to address this issue".

Karen Mallard, former Democratic candidate for Congress, told the crowd: "We're in this mess because citizens haven't been paying attention". "I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more".

Trump did not directly comment on the protests Saturday afternoon, but defended his "zero tolerance" policy in a tweet.

Anatolia Hodson, a field organizer for NextGen Virginia in Charlottesville, said, "Marginalized people have been under constant attack from the trump administration".

MacKenzie Banks, 19, carried a sign at the Washington protest that read, "If these children lived in my uterus would y'all start caring".



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