Women Protest Immigration Policy with Message Directed at Melania Trump: "We Care"

Larry Hoffman
June 30, 2018

Hundreds were taken into custody Thursday, and charged with unlawfully protesting at a Senate building.

The National Park Service is now prepared for 10 times that - 50,000 people - to rally outside the White House and march on the Department of Justice, according to a permit issued this week.

Protests are being planned in big cities like Washington, Los Angeles and NY as well as smaller communities across the nation, including in Appalachia and the Midwest.

But now it was central to the mission of her group and Thursday's march.

It was an incredibly inspiring protest, incredibly inspiring civil disobedience, as Representative John Lewis likes to say, it's good trouble, she said.

Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration's family-separation policy, more than 2,000 children were still waiting to be reunited with their parents as of June 26, causing further anger and accusations that the administration is taking too long to take action. "Our fight won't end until all mothers are reunited with their children, which is why we are demanding an end to immigrant detention once and for all". Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration.

More nationwide rallies are planned for Saturday, June 30, as part of a Families Belong Together event.

Two of those arrested included actress Susan Sarandon and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who serves the 7th Congressional District of Washington state. The police said those arrested were being released after they were processed.

President Trump is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and won't be home during the protest.

Their chant "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here" echoed through the building, drawing scores of Senate staff to upper mezzanine floors from where they watched the commotion.

"I met with all 174 of the women that were there, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to hear their stories, to hear about how their children had been taken away".

Meanwhile, hundreds more people gathered at a rally outside a federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, in the Rio Grande valley.

Organizers suggest participants wear the color white to display "unity". "That, to me, feels really, really significant".

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