Thousands Protest 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy, Call For Open Borders

Thousands of protesters in cities across the United States rallied in support of illegal immigrants, and against ICE.

Washington, DC – Thousands of demonstrators gathered in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, and advocate for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“We don’t believe in borders. We don’t believe in walls. We don’t believe in deportation. This is one continent together,” Sebastian Medina-Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, preached from a stage set up in Lafayette Square across from the White House on June 30, according to The Washington Post.

Organizers had touted the expectation that 50,000 protesters would be descending on Washington, DC, but by midday, it became clear that actual attendance numbers for the pro-immigration demonstration were well below expectations.

The Washington Post reported that organizers claimed that aerial photographs showed that the number of attendees was still in “the tens of thousands.”

Immigrants, legal and undocumented, told their stories to a rapt audience, and every time the government or law enforcement was mentioned, people in the crowd booed and erupted into chants of “shame shame shame.”

“We have three main demands,” Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org, told The Washington Post. “Reunite families now, end family internment camps, and end the zero-humanity policy that created this humanitarian crisis and chaos in the first place.”

Opponents of restrictive immigration policies handed out signage for marchers to carry, and passed out bracelets that said “Return the Children,” as organizers trooper a bevy of A-List celebrities across the stage to denounce President Trump.

Alicia Keys and America Ferrera, who is herself the child of Honduran immigrants, took the microphone to read letters from parents and grandparents who said U.S. immigration policies had caused them to be separated from their children.

Lin-Manuel Miranda sang the lullaby from his award-winning musical “Hamilton” a capella, and dedicated it to the “parents right now who can’t sing lullabies to their kids,” The Washington Post reported.

The cheering from the crowd was deafening, and meant to get the attention of lawmakers; however, President Trump and his family were not in town to hear it. The President spent the weekend in New Jersey where he is said to be meeting with potential Supreme Court nominees.

It was a star-studded week in the nation’s capital, and the U.S. Capitol Police arrested actress Susan Sarandon along with hundreds of other mostly-female protesters at the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, after they blocked the atrium and hallways in an effort to stop work in the building.

U.S. Capitol Police Spokeswoman Eva Malecki said officers had arrested 575 protesters for unlawfully demonstrating in the atrium of the office building, FOX News reported.

Protesters had the option to peacefully demonstrate outside the Hart building without being arrested, police said. However, they chose to stop business in the building while they chanted slogans, waved signs, and covered themselves in foil emergency blankets.

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D – Washington) volunteered herself to be arrested with the other protesters, and quickly took to social media afterwards to brag about her efforts.

“I was just arrested with 500+ women and @WomensMarch to say @realDonaldTrump’s cruel zero-tolerance policy will not continue. Not in our country. Not in our name. June 30 we’re putting ourselves in the street again,” Jayapal tweeted.

Police said an estimated 3,000 people protested in support of reuniting illegal immigrant children with their parents in downtown Dallas on Saturday, WFAA reported.

Simultaneously, police were arresting demonstrators who got into a scuffle in front of the ICE office. March organizers were quick to disavow responsibility for the melee that resulted in at least five arrests, and blamed an “independent group” with whom they had no connection.

In Philadelphia, protest organizers claimed 3,000 attendees as well, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The protesters also chanted “Shut Down Berks,” along with calls to abolish ICE, referring to the Berks Detention Center located about 70 miles from Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

As the planned demonstration came to an end, the rally became a march, and protesters broke through a line of police officers on bikes to advance on City Hall, blocking traffic as they went, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“No justice, no peace. Take your seat, and f--k the police!” they chanted as they marched.

The march ended at the ICE field office near Eighth and Arch Streets, where protesters screamed at officers and chanted “shame” as police stood in silence, protecting the building.

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DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

All of this will guarantee Trump 2020.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Maybe, but all of this right now guarantees a pretty interesting midterm in the coming months. Even if Trump maintains presidency in 2020,it's gonna be really hard for him to have his agenda pressed with a younger, left leaning Congress.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Those protesting the immigration policies need to sign up to GUARANTEE these folks a home to live in, food, clothing, utilities, etc. and be responsible for any financial responsibilities they incur. This means repaying anyone for physical or property damage caused by them. If they decide they no longer want to support them, they must guarantee they bring them to their local ICE deportation center for a return to their previous homes.

OldVet
OldVet

All of these protestors are showing how stupid they are. They are not accomplishing anything and never will. I say use tear gas and water hoses on them or get a crop dust plane and spread some REAL BULL SHIT

JBo
JBo

Open borders mean the end of the USA. We can't support billions of people and crime will be astronomical. We will become a people that are either predators or prey. I don't know anyone who opposes legal immigration...why don't immigrants obtain residency legally? One country, one world...never happen.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

My eyes are burning from the brightness of their virtue-signaling. 😣😎

wmc50
wmc50

Leftist are trying their very best to sew dissension in this country and turn the US into a socialist state. I used to vote as sort of a moderate. The new world order in the US now has me moving farther and farther to the side of Conservativism. So much so that I can't see me ever voting for another Democrat in my lifetime.

attorneyamyw
attorneyamyw

Wow, these people are brainless. Apparently they are unable to see the end result of their demands. They chant "no justice, no peace", but what they are demanding is injustice, in that it violates our laws (we are speaking of ILLEGAL immigrants..), and peace does not follow people who are willing to violate the laws of another country to take advantage of (not incorporate themselves into) that society. Further, the Bible speaks of 3 different kinds of immigrants: the only ones that a nation should welcome are those who "seek the permission" of the king to remain there, and IF the king grants permission, they may remain, but must become a contributing part of the society they are joining. The other "foreigners" are considered "illegals", and cannot remain. A sovereign nation will not remain sovereign if it allows illegals.

61mouse
61mouse

And all these protestors have fences around their homes ..... Hippocrates

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

New world order!.!.! One World Government!.!.! The end of country. The left socialist are giving away AMERICAN freedom and rights.

Frank Cadillac
Frank Cadillac

It’s horrible to see all these brainwashed people crying for „open borders“. How mentally ill are they? If you bring half of the third world into your country, you become the third world yourself. But it’s not just that.

Have a look at: MacDonald, K. B. (1998). Jewish involvement in influencing United States immigration policy, 1881-1965: A historical review. Population and Environment, 19, 295-355. Download here:

Amongst other things, this policy has reduced the number of white Americans from around 90 to currently around 70 percent. And that is not the end of fatal development.

With regard to my country Germany it is like this: Since migrants (80 percent are Muslims) have at least 3 to 4 times as many offspring as white Germans, in a few decades we will become a minority in our own country. Muslims might found their own political parties and democratically transform our democratic system into a Sharia system. This will be the consequence of Jewish communist German chancellor Angela Merkels policy.

See also: UN Plan to Turn the World into an Islamic Colony?

Close all borders 100 percent, or we Whites will perish.

chessie58
chessie58

More tax dollars being wasted on a lost cause. Maybe the protesters would like to sponsor a family of illegals in their own home, at their own expense and safety. Once said illegals have a job, a place of their own to stay, and health care that they pay for, and have a background check done, and become American citizens, then said sponsor is off the hook for their up keep.

Bstn199
Bstn199

I guess these, what about 10,000 people totals between all protests dont understand the true impact of "illegal" immigrants, they are not contributing finacially to our country (ie, dont pay taxes) so it is you & I the tax-paying citizens who help support these folks. There is a reason all countries have Immigration laws and closed/secure borders, and thats to keep from being financially drained and for the safety of its citizrns, I cant understand why folks feel its okay for others to sneak into our country and expect financial assistance and never even attempt to become citizens, I guess some people are totally ignorant of the true facts on what illegals inside our country is doing to our country! Kind of pathetic!

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Build the wall and you don't get as many illegals to deal with to begin with.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I see all this complaining about illegal immigrants, and no mention of punishing businesses that hire them en masse.

You should basically count all the money that employers save by not reporting wages as taxes that immigrants pay.

Asherjakeangel
Asherjakeangel

Fools! 💙🐾🐾💙