Immigration protests: Thousands rally to condemn Trump policies

Thousands of people across New Jersey are participating in a nationwide protest Saturday to express opposition to President Donald Trump's hard stance on illegal immigration.

One protester was arrested after "unwanted contact with a Trump supporter", Orlando Police Lt. Jacqueline Howard said.

Last week the US House of Representatives, as expected, defeated a Republican "compromise" bill aimed at dealing with a crisis over immigrant children being separated from their families.

The 301-121 vote cleared the way for the House to debate an immigration measure more narrowly targeted at addressing family separations.

Several protestors told KOMU 8 they were hoping to get the attention of Missouri lawmakers in order to effect change at the national level.

"You can not beg for freedom, you have to fight for freedom and that is what we are doing here in Boston", said Markey, who is planning to visit detention and processing facilities in Port Isabel, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas this weekend. "Protesting and marching is good, but we need people to come out and help the community", she said.

Lal said it's time for legislators to understand the positive impact immigrants have on the economy.

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"We are watching our country slip down a path that we have seen every other empire go down", Orlando resident Greg Noonan said.

President Trump attributed the protests to the "radical Dems", but both Lal and Caldera said the protest is supported by people across the political spectrum and should be treated as a nonpartisan issue.

Some 2,000 children remain split from their parents, according to official figures released last weekend in the wake of global outrage over the stripping of minors from their parents believed to have crossed illegally at the US-Mexico border. Michael Reynolds / EPA / Shutterstock NEW YORK: Ariel Schwartz, 19, of Long Island, takes part in a march to keep families together.

Though many who show up will be seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others will be new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally. The main march is in Washington DC, but one of the people behind the movement, Anna Galland, said separate events in 50 states in total were planned.

As Americans debate the Trump administration's hardened immigration policies, one group of citizens has first-hand experience with the process: the more than 43 million Americans who lawfully immigrated to the country.

In downtown Los Angeles, John Legend serenaded the crowd while Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for impeachment. The result was the separation of adults from their children in separate facilities. "Zero chance, it will never happen!"

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