Trump Administration’s Migrant Family Separation Policy Stirs Anger, Protests

Protestors took to the streets across the country after the Trump administration began separating migrant children from their parents under a zero tolerance policy that aims to deter migrants from entering the United States illegally.

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) addresses protesters that marched from Freedom Plaza to the U.S. Capitol demonstrate inside the Hart Senate Office Building against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018, in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 women from 47 states took part in the march, with numerous arrests taking place during the sit-in at the Senate office building.
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Protesters march outside the U.S. Department of Justice to demonstrate against family detentions and to demand the end of criminalizing efforts of asylum seekers and immigrants June 28, 2018, in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 women from 47 states took part in the march that will end later today at the U.S. Capitol.
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The Franciscan Action Network, Faith in Action and the DMV Congregation Networknhold a prayer vigil with children wrapped in survival blankets and protest "the cruel treatment of immigrants by the Trump administration" in the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda at the Capitol on June 21, 2018 in Washington DC.
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New York mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd of people at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018 during a protest rally by several mayors against the administration's family separation policy.
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People rally outside the Statehouse, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Boston, to protest how immigrants are being treated both on the border with Mexico and in Massachusetts.
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Children's shoes are seen in a protest as thousands crowd Rittenhouse Square near a hotel hosting a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence on June 19, 2018 in Philadelphia. The children's shoes reference the current practice of <a href="/news/politics/Migrants-Toddlers-Babies-Tender-Age-Border-Shelters-485981071.html" target="_blank">separating children from parents</a> accused of crossing the border illegally.
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A protester chants during a demonstration outside of the San Francisco office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 19, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of protesters staged a demonstration outside of the ICE offices to protest against the Trump administration's migrant policies <a href="/multimedia/Family-Separation-Border-Fight-Intensifies-485982601.html" target="_blank">separating families</a> at the border.
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People protest the <a href="/news/politics/Migrants-Toddlers-Babies-Tender-Age-Border-Shelters-485981071.html" target="_blank">separation of children</a> from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center, an immigration detention facility, at the Mexican border on June 19, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. The separations have received intense scrutiny ever since the Trump administration instituted a zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration in May.
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Demonstrators march by Union Square to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border on June 19, 2018.
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Protestors and their babies are removed from the hearing floor during a House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 19, 2018. The mothers were protesting the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
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Martin Levine protests near a temporary shelter for unaccompanied migrant children on June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Florida. Nearly 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their families since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a <a href="/news/politics/Sessions-Orders-Zero-Tolerance-Policy-for-Border-Crossers-479019883.html target="_blank">zero tolerance policy</a> for migrants coming to the U.S.
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Noelle Andrade protest the separation of children from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center at the Mexican border on June 19, 2018, in El Paso, Texas.
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People protest the separation of children from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center on June 19, 2018, in El Paso, Texas.
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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration outside of the San Francisco office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 19, 2018, in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of protesters staged a demonstration outside of the ICE offices in San Francisco against the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy to separate immigrant families at the border.
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From left: U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California; Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-New York; Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico; Rep. Juan Vargas, D-California, hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the Capitol on June 19, 2018 in Washington.
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Thousands of Philadelphians gathered in Rittenhouse Square to protest a GOP fundraiser in Philadelphia on June 19, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence was slated to discuss the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy that separates migrant children from their parents before they are placed in temporary shelters.
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Thousands of Philadelphians gathered in Rittenhouse Square to protest a GOP fundraiser in Philadelphia on June 19, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence was slated to discuss the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy that separates migrant children from their parents before they are placed in temporary shelters.
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Akemi Vargas, 8, cries as she talks about being separated from her father in Phoenix on June 18, 2018. Child welfare agencies across America make wrenching decisions every day to separate children from their parents. But those agencies have ways of minimizing the trauma that <a href="/news/politics/Migrants-Toddlers-Babies-Tender-Age-Border-Shelters-485981071.html" target="_blank">aren't being employed by the Trump administration</a> at the Mexican border.
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Protesters chant as they march during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. District Court building, June 18, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona. An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
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Lucia Ajas, middle, talks about her and her children, Regina Vargas, 7, left, Akemi Vargas, 8, second from left, and Trinidad Vargas, 5, right, being separated from their father during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. District Court building, June 18, 2018, in Phoenix.
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Protestors march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Pushback against a zero-tolerance immigration policy enacted by the Trump administration to separate children from parents seeking asylum has grown with the <a href="/news/politics/Recording-Crying-Children-at-Border-Adds-to-Outrage-485875601.html" target="_blank">publication of a tape showing children crying for their mothers and fathers</a> at a detention facility.
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Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. District Court building, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Phoenix. An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
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Kids hold up signs during an immigration family separation protest in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. District Court building, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Phoenix. An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
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