Almost 600 Arrested in DC Amid Protests of 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

Capitol Police push back media from filming protest arrests

Demonstrators gather in Vancouver to oppose U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

The rally became a family event, with children clutching signs and parents telling NPR that to protest is to be a part of the American fabric - especially before Independence Day.

Many wore foil blankets similar to those given to migrants housed at U.S. detention facilities.

Trump took to Twitter to defend his stance on immigration saying people who cross the border "illegally" must be "immediately" taken back. "Dems want Open Borders and are weak on Crime!"

Supporters from all over the St. Louis area are joining the nationwide "Families Belong Together" rallies.

In a separate case a United States district judge in San Diego on Tuesday ordered that divided families be reunited within 30 days - and two weeks in cases involving children under five.

On June 20, President Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the border by detaining the parents and children together.

Another woman, Jessica Kane of La Mesa, had her children wearing what resembled the reflective solar blankets given to migrant children at shelters after being separated from their parents.

The rally ended after the counter-protesters departed and the protesters dispersed from the library.

"The fact that anyone would think that's okay ever, I mean, the damage for some of those children and the trauma that they're already facing is already done. We have to stand up and put ourselves on the line".

In California, Sen. Kamala Harris crafted a speech around the words "We are better than this", and John Legend, from behind a piano, sang a brand new song about staying engaged: "Heaven knows I'm not helpless".




Lam is a mother and retired fashion designer who emigrated from Hong Kong in the 1980s. "We need to provide for these children", she said. "There is zero chance that we are going to stop speaking out against these injustices", he told the crowd. "I just feel compelled to be in solidarity with my brothers and sisters who are constantly being marginalized".

Other marches around the country also drew large numbers of protesters.

More than 15,000 people turned out to the protests in New York City, CBS News correspondent Kenneth Craig reports.

A band of drummers whipped up the fervor of a crowd carrying signs including, "Our New York is Immigrant New York", and "No Cages, No Ban, No Wall". "In recent days we've heard shameless attacks on these courageous law enforcement officers, extremist Democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ICE". Six people were arrested at the Otay Mesa protest last Saturday.

Capitol Police arrested 575 people at the protest in the Senate building, and charged them with unlawfully demonstrating.

Saturday's demonstrations were the biggest yet.

The "Families Belong Together - Freedom for Immigrants March", was set to follow the rally, and will end in front of the immigration holding facility on Aliso and Alameda streets.

Trump has made fighting immigration - both illegal and legal - a major plank of his "America First" policy agenda.

Protesters are calling for the abolition of ICE, which enforces the controversial zero-tolerance policy that has led to separation of over 2,000 children.

Congress is set to leave town for a week-long recess without passing any legislation to address the situation at the U.S. border.

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