Women March to Keep Families Together
All across the country Saturday, women group’s led marches in protest of the Trump administration’s new immigration policies that separate families.
Using the theme and hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether thousands of people carrying signs and chanting, sought to bring an immediate end to the “zero tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their parents who have tried to enter the country illegally. Some of the protesters even draped themselves in aluminum blankets to emulate the conditions at the detention centers where immigrants are being detained.
Letting the world know that they care, stars like Alicia Keys and America Ferrera took the stage at the Washington, D.C. rally. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke at a rally in Boston. Chrissy Teigen, “Overboard’s” Eugenio Derbez and “Jane the Virgin’s” Jaime Camil gave speeches at the Los Angeles rally.
“I am here not only as a brand new mother, as the proud child of Honduran immigrants and not only an American who sees it as her duty to be here defending justice,” said Ferrera in D.C. “I am here as a human being with a beating heart who can feel pain, who understands compassion and who can easily imagine what it must feel like to struggle the way families are struggling right now.”
President Trump signed an executive order last week to suspend the family separation policy. A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered the government to reunite all the children with their parents within 30 days. This is not happening effectively or quickly enough for those who continue to protest the policy, but others see this kind of no-tolerance policy as a threat to American democracy.
“Our democracy is at stake,” said Keys. “Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation.”