Originally published by VOX
A rally is planned for Washington, DC, in Lafayette Square at 11 am on Saturday, June 30, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Monday on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes. Sister marches are expected in other cities across the country to protest the White House’s immigration policies.
“The end game is really to say, ‘This is about Trump,’” Jayapal told Hayes. “Look, he would love to make this about — and you just quoted him — about Democrats. He would love to make this about legislation that has to be passed.”
The #FamiliesBelongTogether protests are being led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and MoveOn, partnering with hundreds of other organizations, according to Jayapal. “We see the outrage, and we see that this has to be taken right to the White House, right to Donald Trump, to stop the family separations,” Jayapal said.
On June 14, progressive groups organized “Families Belong Together” in dozens of cities to call for an end to the Trump administration’s family separation policy for those crossing the border and seeking asylum. The June 30 protest will likely build on those mobilization efforts, especially as public pressure has intensified against the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
That policy requires anyone crossing the border illegally, even those seeking asylum, to be referred for criminal prosecution, leading to the separation of parents and kids. About 2,300 children have been separated from their parents between May 5 and June 9, according to DHS statistics reported by the Washington Post.