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.
Families Belong Together March Los Angeles
WHERE:MACARTHUR PARK (IN LOS ANGELES)
WHEN:THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 5:00 PM
JOIN US TO DEMAND AN END TO FAMILY SEPARATION AND DETENTION
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 14, 2018
I am so sad and feel so helpless about the families being separated. This is beyond inhumane…I am just appalled. I am grateful for those sharing how to engage and help, thank God for you. The idea that there is anyone who believes this is justice is simply heartbreaking.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) June 14, 2018
— —- Lin-Manuel Miranda –?– (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2018
Thank you, @PadmaLakshmi, for using your voice to condemn the Trump administration’s family separation cruelty.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 14, 2018
There are nationwide protests against the family-separation policy tomorrow. https://t.co/EOznYt4h5L
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 14, 2018
1) Call your reps at (202) 224-3121- tell them to END the separation of families at the border (ask your Senators to pass the Keep Families Together Act and your House Rep to pass the HELP Separated Children Act).
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 14, 2018
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) June 14, 2018
No good person has ever advocated for the senseless separation of kids from their parents.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 13, 2018
Though it sounds like North Korea, this is Trump’s America. https://t.co/Exx7r5Ktvj
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 13, 2018
“I’m terrified at the moral apathy, the death of the heart which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves so long that they really don’t think I’m human. And this means that they have become, in themselves, moral monsters” James Baldwin pic.twitter.com/0253GE89TF
— COMMON (@common) June 14, 2018
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) June 13, 2018
Trump now wants to build prison camps for the thousands of immigrant children being ripped from their families by his administration. Help stop this cruelty: https://t.co/V9XbSWDnZY pic.twitter.com/lgRhI7q0pf
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 13, 2018
Americans are shocked to learn about the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border. Dianne is taking action by introducing the Keep Families Together Act.
— Dianne Feinstein (@DianneFeinstein) June 13, 2018