Detroit activists rally against 'zero tolerance' immigration policies

During Saturday's protests, speakers argued passionately for humane immigration policies and read letters from individuals impacted by the Trump administration's draconian measures. It was one of more than 600 demonstrations taking place this weekend, from the nation's capital to Appalachia.

Demanding the administration stop detaining families, end its "zero tolerance" immigration policy and reunite separated families, protesters carried signs reading "families belong together" and chanted "shame" at the president's draconian border measures.

José Caldera, a Columbia native and speaker at the event, said he came on behalf of his parents. Standing in solidarity with immigrant families who have been separated, she said Native Americans had been victims of a similar practice.

Several protestors told KOMU 8 they were hoping to get the attention of Missouri lawmakers in order to effect change at the national level.

"We are children", Lea said, directing her words at fellow migrant kids in a similar plight as hers.

Trump did not directly comment on the protests Saturday afternoon, but defended his "zero tolerance" policy in a tweet. "So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me", she said through an interpreter, weeping.

Lal said it's time for legislators to understand the positive impact immigrants have on the economy. "We are here to contribute to this country".




In Columbus, Ohio, at least one person was arrested when protesters blocked a downtown street, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Michael Reynolds / EPA / Shutterstock NEW YORK: Ariel Schwartz, 19, of Long Island, takes part in a march to keep families together.

Hundreds of people opposed to President Donald Trump's controversial policy of separating migrant families descended on Boston for two planned protests. 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.

Joan Culwell of the city of Littleton says she had never been to a protest but chose to go after first lady Melania Trump recently wore a coat that read, "I really don't care, do u?" while traveling to visit migrant children. The result was the separation of adults from their children in separate facilities.

Advocacy groups, activists and local residents gathered with signs that called for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

"We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen".

Though many who show up to the rallies across the country were seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others were new to immigration activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.

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