Many were draped in foil sheets as a statement on the flimsy bedding given to children and adults as they are held at U.S. border detention facilities.
More than 600 protesters, mostly women, were arrested on Thursday after they staged a non-violent action in the heart of the United States senate office building in Washington against Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy towards immigrants and separation of families at the border.
More than 700 planned marches drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like NY and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and IN to the front lawn of a Border Patrol station IN McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held IN cages.
Mr Trump has halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents under public pressure but around 2,000 of them are still being held, with many families saying they've not known how to locate them.
In New York City, thousands began chanting "shame" and singing "shut detention down" before their planned march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Drivers honked their horns in support.
A federal judge has ordered families be reunited and the administration asked the military to house immigrant families, leading the Pentagon to mull the construction of soft-sided camp facilities.
The families split up as they tried to enter the US illegally were largely fleeing extreme violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries, often in Central America.
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Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol. At one point Sen.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical "Hamilton", sang a lullaby dedicated to parents who are unable to sing to their children.
"Forcibly separating children from their parents is not about 'deterrence, ' or the legal technicalities of law, or illegal immigration, or anything else President Trump has claimed to justify his latest and most odious outrage", the daily wrote.
But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said. "Seeing everyone together for this cause, it's emotional". "I care, do you?" read another, referencing a jacket the first lady wore when visiting child migrants amid the global furor over the administration's zero-tolerance policy.
There have been protests elsewhere in the country but Saturday's demonstrations are expected to be far larger, with 50,000 or more expected in Washington.
Others marked "We Care" on their palms, reported ABC News. Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration.
Scores of organizations are supporting Saturday's mass mobilizations, spearheaded by the liberal group MoveOn.org, and contesting the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to the detentions of thousands crossing the U.S. border, including those planning to file claims of asylum.
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She also pushed back on officials invoking specific Bible verses to support certain policies, something Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE chief to protesters: We're not the ones separating families Justice Trump?
Demanding the closure of the detention centers for illegal immigrants, the activists made a brief stop in front of the Department of Justice, urging the government to "abolish ICE", the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. "Next it will be all police".
Smaller groups came together in city parks and downtown squares in every state, a total of 703 places across the country, and photos quickly started ricocheting around social media. Betting website gives long-shot odds on Ivanka, Kanye West being Supreme Court pick Protests against Trump immigration policy expected nationwide MORE was recently criticized for doing.
Marchers gathered in Raleigh, in Pittsburgh, in Louisville, in Houston, in Antler, North Dakota, population 27.
"It hit me in the heart". They dared me to say impeach him. But most of the rallies remained peaceful.
Margarita Perez held up a Mexican flag as speakers addressed the crowd in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The administration says it will continue with prosecutions and seek to detain families together during their immigration proceedings. "They will be our future leaders".
She said the threat of deportation isn't just at the border.
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