Protesters Rally Against Trump Immigration Policy in Bay Area, Nationwide

Protesters Rally Against Trump Immigration Policy in Bay Area, Nationwide

Protesters Rally Against Trump Immigration Policy in Bay Area, Nationwide

Thousands dressed in white and gathered early on Saturday morning (local time) in sweltering 32-degree heat in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day's protests. Following Trump's signing of an executive order last week-only after the policy sparked global outrage-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will no longer separate families.

Attendees spoke out against the recently rescinded policy of separating migrant family members at the USA border with Mexico, with many of them calling for the abolition of the Immigration Customs and Customs Enforcement agency.

Scores of organizations are supporting Saturday's mass mobilizations, spearheaded by the liberal group MoveOn.org, and contesting the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to the detentions of thousands crossing the USA border, including those planning to file claims of asylum.

In all, Capitol police arrested at least 575 women for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol.

In this photo people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, June 17, 2018.

A splinter group of several dozen protesters in Washington went to protest at what they said was the residence of Stephen Miller, a White House adviser known for his hardline views on immigration.

But Trump on Saturday said "it will never happen" and accused Democrats of wanting to abolish "all police" - something no known Democrat has called for.

"Forcibly separating children from their parents is not about 'deterrence, ' or the legal technicalities of law, or illegal immigration, or anything else President Trump has claimed to justify his latest and most odious outrage", the daily wrote.

"Indefinite family detention is simply unacceptable", Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, said in a statement.

But many protesters said they won't back down until all of the families are back together again.

About 2,000 children remained split from their parents, according to official figures released last weekend. "I don't think it's just part of the "resistance" energy we've seen since the election", Morales Rocketto said.

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, directing federal prosecutors to criminally prosecute all adults crossing the border illegally.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families -that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn. "There's nothing like a wounded animal", she said. He also said his colleagues want to fix "this broken immigration policy".

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

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