US protesters urge Trump to reverse immigration crackdown

Frederick Owens
June 30, 2018

Capitol Police arrested almost 600 Women's March protesters who filled the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill today in opposition to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border enforcement policies.

The massive demonstration was aimed at sending a message about the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated children from their families at the border.

"The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry", the Justice Department said in documents filed yesterday as the Donald Trump administration struggles to quell fury over the controversial separation of minors from their families.

Three U.S. congressmen were arrested previous year for protesting President Trump's immigration policies, according to the Los Angeles Times.

US Capitol Police arrested approximately 575 individuals with unlawfully demonstrating.

Since that policy was implemented in May, families have been routinely separated after apprehension. Some of the children, for example, have been sent to foster care agencies in New York City. Within 14 days, children under 5 were to be back with their parents, and within 30 days, children 5 and older were to be reunited with theirs.

It is partnering with MoveOn, the American Civil Liberties Union, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and more than 100 other organizations.

Some 2,000 separated children are now under government care.

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"I am afraid that they will take my mom away while she is at work, out driving or at home", she continued.

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What do the protesters want? The protest focused on Dreamers, those young people who came to the children. "It's just heartbreaking for me to see".

One protest sign read, "Compassion not cruelty" while another said simply: "Vote". Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested.

"The point is, you show up to this and you commit to supporting immigrant communities in the long term", Omeish said.

"To finally have people on board wanting to take action, marching, taking to the streets, it's been motivating for us as advocates because we have to keep going", Rivas said.

"The overall goal is to end family detentions", she told Breitbart, "to ultimately remove Trump and his enablers from office, however that happens in whatever time frame, and to lay the groundwork for a new set of policies in this country based on human decency and mutual respect".

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