Almost 600 Arrested in DC Amid Protests of 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy


Cheered on by some Democratic lawmakers who walked among them, the women said they were pushed to the protest by President Trump's zero tolerance policy which sparked separations of children from their parents.

The Trump administration's practice of separating families began last month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented a "zero tolerance" policy under which all adults who cross the U.S. -Mexico border without passing through an official port of entry are prosecuted.

During their sit-in they called for the reunification of families and the dissolution of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

That policy led to thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents at the border before President Trump, bowing to bipartisan pressure, signed an executive order aimed at allowing most migrant families to be detained together.

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.

Having spent 13 years in the military and visiting other nations, he said he feels sorry about how other countries treat their people but added, "We can't be the world's babysitter".

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More than 700 planned marches are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and NY to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together. Over 600 marches are now taking place across the country, from major cities to small towns, where crowds have gathered to stand in opposition to ICE's inhumane policy of separating parents from children and then imprisoning children in detention centers. She said she was anxious about the children taken from their families, and their parents left without knowing how to find them.

"This is not what we stand for and this is not okay, and we will not stand here and watch our country be torn apart and watch babies be torn from their mothers", she told AFP, holding a sign that said, "The Only Baby Who Belongs in a Cage is Donald Trump". He said he wanted to join the Raleigh event because he is disturbed by the country's immigration stance. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Sen.

"It means the clock is ticking for the Trump administration and they need to show how they're going about reuniting these families", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

She said organizers have notified police about their plans and expect the rally to remain peaceful.

Nationwide, groups came together in city parks and downtown squares, while others converged on the worldwide bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. "I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more".

"Honestly, I am blown away". He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit".