Hundreds of Portlanders crowded the North Park Blocks this morning to peacefully protest the White House immigration policy that has led to more than 2,000 immigrant kids being separated from their families at the border.
Almost 2,000 children were taken away from their parents in a six-week period in April and May under the new Trump administration policy, according to several media reports.
People turned out not just in immigrant-friendly cities like NY and Los Angeles, but in conservative communities in Appalachia and Wyoming.
Though many who showed up are seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others are new to immigration activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.
Many were draped in foil sheets to highlight the flimsy bedding given to migrant children held in border detention facilities.
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A number of celebrities have also expressed their support, including actresses Julianne Moore, America Ferrara and Natalie Portman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical Hamilton. "This is one of those where were ya' moments", he said.
Protesters chant slogans outside a Federal court during a demonstration calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and an end to mass incarceration, June 29, 2018, in NY.
In Trump's hometown of New York City, another massive crowd poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, "Shame!"
More than 750 events in all 50 states, along with Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, are planned, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend. Several near the stage cheered loudly and shouted "Bienvenidos, " or "Welcome, " as one of the latter, a woman named Jocelyn, took the microphone early in the day. "I cried", said Adelmund, whose event drew about 125 people.
"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families -that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.
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"We're children of immigrants", she said.
According to reports, over 630 events were planned, with protesters calling for migrant families separated at the U.S. border to be reunited.
It took nine months to be reunited with her son, she said.
On June 28, a sit-in protest called #WomenDisobey was held to oppose Trump's immigration policies at the Hart Senate Office building on Capitol Hill. People in the crowd were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs and police used flash bangs to disperse the clashing protesters. He also said his colleagues want to fix "this broken immigration policy".
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