Thousands protest in USA over migrant separations

Evan Golub via ZUMA

Evan Golub via ZUMA

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, baking in the heat and boiling mad at United States immigration policy, marched across the country Saturday to protest the separation of families under President Donald Trump's hardline agenda.

630 women sat on the floor of the building's atrium in protest of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that has separated families and has caused mass incarceration at the southern border.

An executive order issued by Trump this month reversed the policy, and the subsequent injunction in San Diego ordered the government to immediately stop separating parents and children and said families must be reunited in 30 days or less.

It is not the first such protest to take place, with almost 600 women arrested on Thursday during a sit-in at a US Senate building against the government's migration policy.

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The marches in New Jersey are among more than 700 rallies happening across the country, including a main protest near the White House in Washington, D.C. People are also marching in New York City and plan to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. AUDIO: Migrant children separated from parents wail at U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilityTrump has rescinded his policy of separating children from their parents, but there is no word on when those who have already been separated will be reunited.

Trump has made fighting immigration - both illegal and legal - a major plank of his "America First" policy agenda. "This really hits home for us", she said.

"The rulings work together to permit detention of parents with their minor children with whom they are apprehended", the government said, adding that an "amendment of the Flores Agreement is appropriate to address this issue".

But local organisers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Mr Trump's inauguration and its anniversary. "We can't afford it especially when they come in here and jump on the public dole".

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But the "zero tolerance" policy remains intact, and the practice of detaining families together indefinitely has been blasted as inhumane.

"I can't imagine what it would be like having my child taken from me for doing nothing wrong", said Reddy, of Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood.

The protesters moved across the street to the area of the Women of Service Military Monument, where speeches began.

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 USA agency that enforces immigration law, which is known as ICE.

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Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with USA authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago.

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