Immigration protesters call for end to detention

Activists demonstrate as a group of US mayors hold a press conference outside the holding facility for immigrant

"It goes against everything we stand for as a country", protester Paula Flores-Marques, 27, said of President Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration, a cornerstone of his election campaign.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally across the country Saturday to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, according to organizers.

The Trump administration has been widely criticized by opponents and allies over children being separated from their parents by US authorities at the border. In Portland, Oregon, for example, several stay-at-home moms are organizing their first rally while caring for young kids. The local demonstration comes just days after dozens were arrested when protesting a visit from Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Southern California.

Nevertheless, chanting "We Care" and "Abolish ICE", the protesters demanded Congress act to end Trump's policies regarding unlawful border crossings.

In San Francisco, an event from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. will start with a march at Mission Dolores Park, at 19th and Dolores streets, and end with a rally at Civic Center.

Capitol Police said in a statement that about 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating and they would be processed at the scene and released.

Six days after that order was signed, only six children had been reunited with their parents - meaning more than 2,000 children were still in limbo, feeding the furor and raising questions about whether the government actually has a plan to reunify families.

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The protest was organized and promoted by Women's March, the same group that mounted a massive protest effort previous year shortly after President Donald Trump took office.

In El Paso, Texas, immigrant advocacy groups are partnering with religious leaders and women's march organizers Saturday to try to shut down the bridge connecting El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

"I think if you asked someone on the street, 'Is it a political question whether we should tear babies out of their mother's arms?' they would say, 'No, that's a moral question, ' " Galland told CNN's Christi Paul.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is a national emergency that we all need to be focused on right now", added co-organiser Erin Conroy. This will go down as the biggest immigrant rights march in US history. "There's nothing like a wounded animal", she said. "Reunite families now; end family internment camps and end the zero-humanity policy that created this humanitarian crisis and chaos in the first place".

Trump says illegal immigration fosters crime and he implemented a "zero tolerance" policy in May to prosecute all immigrants apprehended for entering illegally.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families -that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.

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