Within the last six weeks, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been ripped away from their parents while attempting to cross the border under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. While the parents face criminal charges and are held in federal custody awaiting trial, the children are placed in cages inside of detention centers, where many struggle to deal with extreme trauma.
To fight back, a number of organizations including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the ACLU, the Women's March, and MoveOn, among others ó have organized a nationwide protest on Saturday, June 30. The main demonstration is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
"Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families," reads the MoveOn website dedicated to the event. "But we won't allow it to continue."
The protest also has a Facebook event, which encourages those who can't make it to the D.C. event to visit the website for Families Belong Together, which will list the other protests occurring around the country on June 30.
"We are ready to have a mass mobilization," Jayapal tweeted. "This has to be taken right to the White House and to Donald Trump's doorstep."
At 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, a family separation vigil is planned at ICE headquarters in Washington, DC.
In Texas, a march to the El Paso Processing Center is scheduled, followed by a rally against family separation at 9 a.m. local time.
Protesters are planning to gather at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square to protest as Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to attend a Republican Governors Association event on Tuesday evening. Organizers have asked participants to bring children's shoes to line the street. "Get in the streets with us, get loud with us, saying Hell No!" according to the organizer's Facebook page.