Human rights groups have staged rallies across the US to denounce a policy by the administration of President Donald Trump to separate asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from their parents.
Hundreds of people chanted “families belong together” in front of the Justice Department on Friday, accusing the White House of violating human rights and traumatizing children for political reasons.
“This is indeed an emergency – every single day children are ripped apart from their parents and the Trump administration must immediately cease this policy,” said Jessica Morales, chairwoman of We Belong Together, an immigrant advocacy group.
The protests came after the Trump administration confirmed that it had split hundreds of families who crossed the US-Mexican border without immigration documents since October.
Each week, thousands cross the US-Mexico border and immediately turn themselves in to authorities asking for asylum. In April…