In New York City, thousands were spotted in a sea of white marching downtown denouncing Trump as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge chanting: "Shame!" and singing "Shut detention down!" and "Donald Trump must go!"
Before the zero-tolerance policy, how did the government deal with migrant families trying to cross the border?When migrants arrived at any port of entry along the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers approached and asked them for their documents.
"Our goal is to try to keep as many as those people engaged moving forward", she said, "to make sure that we as a society, as a community, can really communicate where our red lines are and what our moral lines are". Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off.
The total number of protesters could rise to hundreds of thousands, according to some reports. In Atlanta, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia echoed the spirit of the civil rights movement: "As a nation and a people we can do better", Lewis said. "This is not the future I want for my children, those children, or anyone's children. That is why we're here". "We have to speak out now while we can, before we can't". Drivers honked their horns in support.
"They closed the whole Brooklyn Bridge down. I cried", he said.
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Similar demonstrations took place in the city and across the nation.
In cities like Los Angeles and NY, thousands of people marched with some holding placards calling for no more family separations and for the abolishment of the immigration agency ICE. It's about parents and their children who arrive at the USA border together seeking asylum. Nekkanti said. "I think there's been a lot of evasion under a lot of public pressure". "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional".
Activists march to protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Washington.
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"We care!" marchers shouted outside city hall in Dallas.
Celebrities like Alicia Keys and America Ferrera, who both happen to be mothers, spoke at a protest in Washington DC, calling for migrant families split at the border to be reunited.
"To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump tweeted.
Scores of organizations are supporting Saturday's mass mobilizations, spearheaded by the liberal group MoveOn.org, and contesting the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to the detentions of thousands crossing the USA border, including those planning to file claims of asylum.
Among the protesters were several Vancouver-area moms pushing strollers with their kids.
Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration. "I can't even imagine having my little guy taken away from me". "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers, many of whom are immigrants. Social media was flooded with photos of those participating and watching the demonstrations. "What if it was your child?" was written on one.
In the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, about 50 activists marched through downtown and travelled on to an global bridge, holding banners against the border wall Trump wants to build and militarization of the areas alongside it. Demonstrators in white clergy robes linked arms across the street and chanted "reunite", others waving signs that bore slogans, among them, "Stop separating families".
"The reality is that this country has been separating children from..."
"We're not just here to listen, all of us", Hector Vaca, one of the speakers, said.