Wave of protests in USA over separation of migrant children

Elias Hubbard
July 2, 2018

Tens of thousands of people have joined nationwide protests across the United States over the Trump administration's strict migrant policy.

Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol.

More than 630 events were planned calling for migrant families split up at the U.S. border to be reunited.

Uzziel, whose mother is a Mexican immigrant who became a citizen, said he feels compassion for the children caught up in the immigration process and puts the blame of this situation on their parents. On Friday in Los Angeles, however, Justice Department lawyers filed a legal notice arguing that Tuesday's injunction by a federal judge barring the separation of migrant families cancels out the Flores agreement. Trump was out of town at a golf club he owns in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"There's so much wrong with family detention", Philip E. Wolgin, managing director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said in a recent phone interview with Mic.

"Seeking safety is not a crime", another said.

Trump took to Twitter to defend his stance on immigration. It's very hot but we're going to persevere.

"Our laws are the dumbest anywhere in the world".

Saturday's demonstrations were expected to be the biggest yet.

"Amid a heated national debate about the policy, actual information about the whereabouts and welfare of separated children is hard to come by", Buzzfeed said in a statement Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week ending the policy of separating children from their parents at the border, however, the policy of detaining and deporting migrants remains in place. His 7-year-old daughter Liliana clutched a sign she made, saying, "Stop the separation". "We need to provide for these children", she said. "We've been putting in our dues in this country for a long time, and this country needs to start paying us some respect".

Sabraw set a 30-day deadline for reuniting parents and children and called for young children to be reunited more quickly.

"I beg you all", she said. "I just don't see how a human being would do such a thing".

Elsewhere across the USA, demonstrators in Atlanta carried cages with baby dolls kept inside.

"What's next? Concentration Camps?" one marcher's sign read.

The Trump administration is now arguing that it already has the right to indefinitely detain migrant families thanks to a recent court ruling which barred separating them.

In New York City, thousands began chanting "shame" and singing "shut detention down" before their planned march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from ME to Florida to OR; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the global bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27.

Protesters blamed President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and two government agencies: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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