Chanting “Stop taking the children,” immigrants, activists and tech workers on Tuesday protested the Trump Administration’s hard-line immigration policies that are separating children from their parents at the Southwest border and causing outrage and debate on Capitol Hill and around the world.
The rally in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown San Francisco drew several hundred protesters, blocking off a stretch of Sansome Street. It came as the Trump Administration doubled down this week on its “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossers, arresting parents and taking more than 2,300 children to shelters over a recent six-week stretch.
In Washington, D.C., while Trump continues to falsely blame Democrats for his family separation policy, Republican senators, who have rarely taken on Trump, on Tuesday worked to defuse the growing crisis.
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“All of the members of the Republican conference support a plan that keeps families together,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican senator from Kentucky, said Tuesday, endorsing a plan to keep parents and children together while their cases are going through the court system.