Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to quell the problem he created when he instituted a "zero-tolerance policy" last month, choosing to prosecute everyone seeking to enter the country via the Mexico border and to separate children from their parents while doing so.
The U.S. government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
"Abolish ICE", said another sign, reflecting growing calls by activists for abolition of the country's frontline immigration enforcement agency.
Since then, the U.S. government has reunited 538 children with their relatives, but more than 2,000 minors still remain separated, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.
"I'm hoping that decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we're taking out country back over, that evil is not going to prevail", said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, among hundreds who gathered at her state's capital.
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Tsipras said any agreement with Germany would not have significant knock-on effects on Greece as only between 50 to 100 asylum seekers a month are crossing the country's northern border, according to the report.
On Twitter, the Families Belong Together coalition applauded the tens of thousands of Americans planning to march on Saturday, and urged the public to continue fighting the Trump administration's anti-immigration agenda in the weeks and months ahead. Over 600 marches are now taking place across the country, from major cities to small towns, where crowds have gathered to stand in opposition to ICE's inhumane policy of separating parents from children and then imprisoning children in detention centers.
"It is the duty of every decent American to demand that it promptly reunite these children with their parents". "We need to provide for these children", she said. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy has seemed to cross political party lines. But under President Barack Obama, Fresco said, officials felt it would be too cruel to present mothers with a Sophie's choice between turning their child over to refugee resettlement authorities, or keeping them detained. "As a nation and a people we can do better", Lewis said. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Sen.
She said organizers have notified police about their plans and expect the rally to remain peaceful. "I don't think it's just part of the "resistance" energy we've seen since the election", Morales Rocketto said.
Nationwide, groups came together in city parks and downtown squares, while others converged on the global bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. Some 2,000 separated children are now under government care. But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys brought her 7-year-old son, and read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.