People gathered outside the White House in the afternoon to protest the child separation policy. Speakers included:
Vice President Mike Pence:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Judge Sheri Pym of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia:
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UPDATE: UPDATE: President Trump says that his wife, Melania, “love[s] the separation policy,” as reported by The New York Times.
Despite chaotic scenes on the border, the administration stands by its strategy of separating immigrant children from their parents while they are being processed for removal. The policy began to take effect in April.
People have gathered outside the White House to protest the separations and urge the administration to change its course. Some reported incidents of children being detained in large groups, potentially rendering it nearly impossible for them to independently communicate with their parents.
There is no end in sight to the policy, and protesters wonder what it’s accomplishing.
“There is no law that prevents migrant children from being held with their parents for a certain amount of time at the border,” Marie Trevena, national organizer of the Delta 88 Democratic Socialists of America, said in a statement. “But while this policy of separation is cruel, is unnecessary, and raises racial tension, it is potentially catastrophic for immigrant communities and our national security.”
The Trump administration has stood by the policy even after harsh criticism from Congress and the world. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took part in a mock funeral in a protest on Friday.