What you need to know about Saturday's immigration protests

What you need to know about Saturday's immigration protests

Kerry Wise
July 1, 2018

The main protest will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lafayette Square in front of the White House.

Thousands of protesters across America - moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border - have marched in major cities and tiny towns to demand President Donald Trump's administration reunite the divided families.

As well as reuniting parents with their children, organisers are calling for an end to immigrant detention - even when families are kept together - and also plan to voice opposition to President Trump's travel ban targeting five majority-Muslim nations, which was upheld by the US Supreme Court earlier this week.

Dozens of women sat in the atrium of the building and stood in the surrounding floors overlooking it, many wearing the emergency "space" blankets that migrants often use in detention centers.

Saturday's protests follow a demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C this week that saw more than 600 protestors - including a Democratic congresswoman - arrested. The "zero tolerance policy" of prosecuting people caught entering the country illegally led officials to separate more than 2,000 children from their parents before being abandoned.

Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.

That passion is heartening for the broader anti-Trump coalition, which hopes the weekend marches will attract people who have otherwise been on the sidelines, said David S. Meyer, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has authored books on USA political protest.

Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and won't be home during the protest. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys brought her 7-year-old son, and read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.

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"I felt we really needed something that was easy for people to get to", she said.

"The precipitating crisis, i.e. forced family separation, was a creation of defendants' own doing", the cities said in their request to be heard in the case. "I don't think it's just part of the "resistance" energy we've seen since the election", Morales Rocketto said.

The Trump administration's current zero-tolerance policy was first implemented in April.

Following a national and worldwide outcry over the chaotic splitting up of families that left parents in the dark about what happened to their children, President Donald Trump reversed course.

She said the threat of deportation isn't just at the border. "We will also have posters, signs and shirts that commemorate Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens". She said she had been arrested at demonstrations three or four times since she became politically active after Trump's election.

"The whole political atmosphere is an issue for me", he said.

"I'm hoping that decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we're taking out country back over, that evil is not going to prevail", said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, among hundreds who gathered at her state's capital.