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Across US, Thousands March to Protest Immigration Policy

More than 700 marches planned, from LA to Appalachia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2018 2:31 PM CDT
Activists gather to protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Lafayette Square across from the White House, Saturday,...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?" In major cities and tiny towns, thousands of marchers gathered across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Trump's immigration policies, reports AP. "I'm hoping that decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we're taking our country back over," said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, who was among hundreds who gathered at her state's capital. More than 700 planned marches drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia.

In New York City, thousands of marchers poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, chanting "shame!" Drivers honked their horns in support. In Washington, a massive crowd gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day's protests. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical "Hamilton," sang a lullaby dedicated to parents who are unable to sing to their children. 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. Click here for more from the AP, including what President Trump tweeted regarding immigration Saturday morning.

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