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Hundreds expected at local "Families Belong Together" rallies

Hundreds expected at local

Hundreds of demonstrators protesters at a Hart Senate Office Building to protest the Trump administration's now-rescinded policy of separating migrant families at the southern border.

More than 600 marches were planned for Saturday, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York City to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.

"(The) family separation crisis is not over. She said the policy indicates the country has "no morals", adding that "the GOP claims to be pro-life but is stealing babies from their family".

It's very hot in downtown Washington D.C., but that hasn't stopped thousands of protesters pouring into Lafayette Square facing the northern side of the White House.

The women chanted slogans such as "we care" and "where are the children" in a largely peaceful standoff with police, who ordered them to leave. This is not about politics. Three years ago, her uncle fled the country after nearly getting killed by four men who beat him up after he "looked at someone the wrong way", she said.

Mr. Trump signed an executive order ending family separations, but hundreds of children remain separated.

Around her, thousands waved signs: "I care", some read, referencing a jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when traveling to visit child migrants.

Rallies were to take place in 750 cities big and small all over the country, Galland said.

As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures, a practice that sparked domestic and global outrage.

Women activists are planning a "mass civil disobedience" act in the US capital on Thursday ahead of weekend protests across the country against the Trump administration's immigration policy.

A crowd gathers on Boston Common during the Rally Against Separation Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Boston.




The Minneapolis marchers, many holding signs, gathered outside the Minneapolis Convention Center in the early afternoon.

- In Onancock, Virginia, an Eastern Shore town with a population of under 1,300, some 60 people turned out for a march and a "Rally for the Children" protest organized by a grassroots committee.

They ended up at a Senate office building, where they sat on the floor with emergency blankets, like the ones some immigrants have been given at detention centers after crossing the U.S. border.

"It feels great, it shows the strength and the core of what this country is all about", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told Xinhua.

Congress is set to leave town for a week-long recess without passing any legislation to address the situation at the United States border. They taped their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, to its grand wooden doors.

Many trying to cross the US-Mexico frontier are destitute, fleeing gang violence and other turmoil in Central America.

However, critics say the order did not address the issue of families already separated, with 2,342 children taken away from their parents between 5 May and 9 June alone.

They want all separated families to be reunited immediately.

By virtue of this policy, families who crossed together illegally would in some cases be separated, prompting a sweeping outcry from Democrats and immigration advocates.

The Trump administration announced on Friday that it will now hold families together for longer than 20 days.

"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, whose own grandparents fled to the US during the Armenian genocide.