Tens of Thousands Across the US Protest Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Tens of thousands protested across the United States, from hamlets to villages to cities to towns, all Saturday for a “Families Belong Together” rally to demand the Trump administration comply with a federal judge’s ruling all migrant children separated from their parents must be reunited. Last week, Federal Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ruled all children under the age of 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, and all children 5 and older must be reunited with their parents within 30 days. The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy led to the forcible separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents.

The demonstrations come amidst a new strike in the legal battle over immigration. The government said in a court ruling Friday it has the right to hold children in detention with their parents for the duration of their immigration proceedings, which can be indefinitely. Current law prevents children from being held for more than 20 days.

Well, Democracy Now! was on the streets of Washington, DC, covering the action.

PROTESTERS: What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now! If we don’t get it? Shut it down! If we don’t get it? Shut it down!

JUANITA CABRERA LOPEZ: My name is Juanita Cabrera Lopez, and I’m Maya Mam, originally from Guatemala, but I’m here in the United States. And I came here today as an indigenous woman who has also experienced much of what’s been happening at the border, as a former political refugee, as a child who also crossed the border, because there are many indigenous children right now in detention centers who can’t communicate, and they’ve been separated from their families, and they have no one to speak for them.

What’s happening right now with the children and families, all of them, but the ones who are most vulnerable are the ones who can’t even speak, the ones because they’re…

Read more