Time activists behind many planned protests over Trump border policy

About 50,000 attendees are expected in Washington, D.C., alone, where protesters will rally at Lafayette Square in front of the White House and march on the Department of Justice. President Donald Trump partially addressed the issue of family separation in an executive order signed June 20, but the problem is far from solved.

The Trump administration has been widely criticized by opponents and allies over children being separated from their parents by USA authorities at the border.

Their chant "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here" echoed through the building, drawing scores of Senate staff to upper mezzanine floors from where they watched the commotion.

It is not the first such protest to take place, with almost 600 women arrested on Thursday during a sit-in at a US Senate building against the government's migration policy. About a dozen clergy members were arrested that day outside the federal courthouse at 312 N. Spring St. after refusing to move out of the street when the Los Angeles Police Department declared an unlawful assembly.

Other marches around the country also drew large numbers of protesters. Gillibrand said, adding the protests were an "amazing" act of defiance against the Trump administration.

The Trump administration shouldn't get court permission to detain immigrant children because of a crisis of its own making, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco have said. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys brought her 7-year-old son, and read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.

"If you are pro-family, you can not separate families", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said to the crowd at Los Angeles City Hall.

A June 18 CBS News poll showed 67 percent of Americans found separating undocumented immigrant children and parents at the border "unacceptable". MoveOn, CHIRLA, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Women's March LA Foundation and the Council on American- Islamic Relations were among the many groups participating.

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, directing federal prosecutors to criminally prosecute all adults crossing the border illegally.

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.

Courtney Malloy, 34, a lawyer, said it was important to show support for immigrants and that administration policies are "not America".

"I don't like to live with this fear", she said through tears streaming down her face. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested.

Rallies were to take place in 750 cities big and small all over the country, Galland said, as people stand up for the rights of migrant families.

"I'm a mom, and I think everyone I know that I've talked to about this issue has had a very visceral reaction", Sharaf said.

  • Jon Douglas