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"Families Belong Together" Rally held in Niagara Square

Walden Paige, of Marshalltown, Iowa, center, looked on during a rally outside the Marshall County Courthouse in Marshalltown, Iowa.

One of the first voices to call for the abolition of ICE was New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

They wore white. They shook their fists in the air.

Mitzi Curtis, a teacher in the Plymouth school district, held a sign that read, "Stop caging our children".

Two weeks ago, after already separating about 2,500 migrant children from their parents at the southern US border, President Trump caved to public pressure and stopped the widely condemned practice, announcing that revised version of his administration's "zero tolerance" policy would be to detain migrant families together instead.

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.

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The protesters occupied the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday while wearing foil blankets that resembled those worn by children being held in detention facilities on the US-Mexico border.

"If you are pro-family, you can not separate families", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said to the crowd at Los Angeles City Hall. Photo: Natalie OrensteinProtesters at Berkeley's "Families Belong Together" demonstration on June 30, 2018.

The rallies, organized by a coalition of groups called Families Belong Together, focused on calling for an end to the immigration policy that directs federal prosecutors to prosecute all adults who cross the U.S. Drivers honked their horns in support. The rallies and marches are in support of releasing and reuniting immigrant families who are victims of Trump's recent zero-tolerance immigration policy. Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off. Cases can sometimes take months or years to resolve. Parents and children were detained separately as a result of the process. "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional". Her jacket had "I really don't care, do U?" scrawled across the back, and that message has become a rallying cry for Saturday's protesters.

You can find more information about the rally on the event's website. MoveOn, CHIRLA, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Women's March LA Foundation and the Council on American- Islamic Relations were among the many groups participating.

Wearing stickers that said "Deport Trump" and "F*** Trump" shirts - how lovely - the protesters chanted slogans like "No ban no wall, America is home to all".

Trump, who on Saturday was at a golf club he owns in Bedminster, New Jersey, criticized the handful of Democratic politicians who have urged for an elimination of the US agency that enforces immigration law, which is known as ICE. Tweeting from New Jersey today, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit". "Dems want Open Borders and are weak on Crime!"


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