Lin-Manuel Miranda, Common & Many More Support Nationwide Protest Over Separation of Immigrant Families

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People take part in a Rally For Our Children event to protest a new "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has led to the separation of families on May 31, 2018, in San Antonio. 

Thousands of protesters are planning to take to the streets on Thursday (June 14) in response to the Trump administration's increasingly harsh immigration policies, including separating parents and children who cross the border illegally. The marches are being coordinated by the group Families Belong Together, which is demanding a stop the administration's "zero-tolerance" actions, which have resulted in heart-breaking scenes including one in which a mother from Honduras reportedly had her baby taken away from he while she was breastfeeding the infant in a detention center.

"[I]t is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our government’s actions re-violate them, causing untold damage," read a statement from the protest organizers. "Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers’ arms by our own government. This is violent abuse and as concerned citizens and voters we state, unequivocally, that this is not in line with American values. We oppose the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, ICE, and other federal immigration agencies. We are disheartened by the lack of leadership in Congress whose job is to be a check on the federal government when it overreaches and abuses its power. We are calling for immediate reforms and an end to this barbarism."

A number of prominent celebrities, musicians and politicians have joined the call to protest on Thursday, including Common, Jimmy Kimmel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles and John Leguizamo. According to the Families Belong Together Facebook page more than 80 rallies are planned across the nation today to protest the actions that have reportedly separated more than 1,300 children from their families to date.

Check out some of the tweets supporting today's actions.