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The protests were particularly directed at the separation of thousands of immigrant children from their parents, carried out as a outcome of Trump's "zero tolerance" directive requiring the arrest of anyone suspected of entering the United States illegally.

Similar protests were held in cities and towns across the country mostly led by Democratic party leaders and rights activists on Saturday demanded that Trump's immigration policies be humane and under no circumstances separate kids from their parents who cross the border illegally.

Although Trump signed an executive order June 20 ending the family separation, the rallies will continue today in protest of the administration's immigration policies. "I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov", Trump tweeted out on the same day as thousands gathered across the country to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Protesters chant slogans outside a Federal court during a demonstration calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and demand changes in USA immigration policies, June 29, 2018, in NY.

They held up a sign saying "Stephen Miller, We Know Where You Sleep". Others called for the abolition of Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other repressive instruments of the anti-immigrant dragnet. "I'm here because families belong together", said Cindy Curry of Westchester, Illinois.A federal judge has ordered families be reunited and the administration asked the military to house immigrant families, leading the Pentagon to mull the construction of soft-sided camp facilities.

The massive demonstration was aimed at sending a message about the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated children from their families at the border.

Under the "zero-tolerance" policy-announced in early May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions-anyone crossing the border without a visa, including people seeking asylum, would be prosecuted with a criminal offense for illegal entry.

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"We don't believe in borders, we don't believe in walls", Sebastian Medina-Tayac, of the Piscataway Indian Nation, declared in English and Spanish at the start of the rally dubbed "Families Belong Together". But majority still remain under the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is keeping them in detention facilities and shelters scattered in Texas, Virginia, New York, Michigan and other states.

"Our goal is to try to keep as many as those people engaged moving forward", she said, "to make sure that we as a society, as a community, can really communicate where our red lines are and what our moral lines are".

"It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. "I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more". "Dems want Open Borders and are weak on Crime!"

"Those children that they are incarcerating and separating, they are our future generations".

Elsewhere, smaller groups banded together in city parks and downtown squares in virtually every state.

Millicent Bennet carried her 5-year-old son, Grover, on her shoulders.

According to the Associated Press, about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from families have been reunited since May.


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