Jun 30, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Thousands of protestors to hit the streets demanding family reunification

A crowd protests against family separation policies.

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

More than 600 marches are planned around the country on Saturday to protest President Trump's family separation policy at the southern border.

The big picture: Images of children being separated from their parents at the border has sparked national, and global, outcry. Anti-Trump protestors hope that the marches "will attract people who have otherwise been on the sidelines," the Associated Press reports, and so far it's done just that.

  • The protests will be drawing not only seasoned demonstrators and activists, but also parents who felt "compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts" of family separation, per the AP.
  • Jess Morales Rocketto, Political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told the AP: "Honestly, I am blown away. I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this."
  • They're being funded by various organizations like the ACLU, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn.org, and The Leadership Conference, the AP reports.
"We appreciate that these individuals have expressed an interest in and concern with the critical issue of securing our nation's borders and enforcing our immigration laws. As we have indicated before, the department is disappointed and frustrated by our nation's disastrous immigration laws and supports action."
ā€” Spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, Tyler Houlton, to the AP
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