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Families Belong Together: Thousands protest Trump policies

1 July 2018, 12:58:00

More than 30,000 people have gathered in the US capital to protest against US President Donald Trump's immigration policies, as tens of thousands of others are expected to attend similar rallies planned across all 50 states.

In Washington, DC, immigrant parents and children, activists, religious leaders and celebrities addressed the crowd attending Saturday's "Families Belong Together" protest and called for an end to Trump's "inhumane" immigration policies and the reunification of children and parents who were separated at the border.

Among the people taking the stage was Jocelyn, an asylum seeker from Brazil, who shared her ordeal when her son was taken away from her upon arrival to the US last summer.

The two were separated for nine months and nine days, she said. During that time, federal officials told the mother her son may be put up for adoption, added Jocelyn, as cries of "shame" erupted among the crowds.

She was finally reunited with her son on June 5 after winning a lawsuit filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


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