Protesters rally against zero-tolerance immigration policy


Saturday was a massive day of action as protesters across the nation voiced their opposition to separating and detaining immigrant families at the border.

On Oahu people rallied at the state capitol and marched to the federal building. It was just one of hundreds of Families Belong Together events planned this weekend.

Tim Mason, a pastor at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church said, “Because kids are suffering and it’s unneeded. We have something going on that is totally unjust. Everybody here wants to have proper borders, but there’s ways to do it without causing suffering.”

Maya Leisure, a resident of San Diego, California, said, “I’m here to protest the family separation. I think it’s completely exaggerated. I live next to the border. I lived in Tijuana for about ten years, I crossed it all the time. There are two fences in place and it’s very hard to cross it.”

“I see people of all races, colors, denominations. I see people on the right side, the left side. But it’s peaceful and it’s raucous, but that’s what democracy is,” said Mason.

Protesters rallied in other U.S. cities including Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “This is about children held in cages. This is about babies scattered all over this country. This is ugly, this is wrong!”

Demonstrators included actors and singers, who called for the immediate reunion of children with their parents.

Singer Alicia Keys said, “This is all of our fight. Because if it can happen to any child, it can happen to my child, your child and all of our children.”

President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration’s practice of separating families, but more than 2,000 children are still waiting to be reunited with their parents.

Some lawmakers are also calling on the government to abolish ICE, or immigration and customs enforcement.

“It’s time to put an end to this cruel and incompetent policy. Look at ICE. What a group of incompetence. At this point they’re more focused on toddlers than terrorists,” said Democratic Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

President Trump came to ICE’s defense on Saturday tweeting his support “To the great and brave men and women of ICE”, writing they are “doing a fantastic job.”

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