Protesters rally in Denver, nationwide over Trump immigration policy – FOX31 Denver
DENVER — Liberal activists, parents and first-time protesters motivated by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border held rallies in Denver and hundreds of cities nationwide Saturday to press President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite the families quickly.
More than 600 marches could draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York City to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.
A rally is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Greek Amphitheater at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. It’s organized by the Colorado People’s Alliance and supported by several different organizations. Organizers say the rally is designed to demand the following:
Permanently end family separation and immediately reunite families that have been separated End family detention and the ‘zero tolerance’ policy
Events are scheduled in other Colorado cities including Glenwood Springs, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Durango, Montrose, Vail Valley, Pueblo and Yuma.
Though many who show up will be seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others will be new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally. In Portland, Oregon, for example, several stay-at-home moms have organized their first rally while caring for young kids.
“I’m not a radical, and I’m not an activist,” said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organizer. “I just reached a point where I felt I had to do more.”
Immigrant advocacy groups say they’re thrilled — and surprised — to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.
“Honestly, I am blown away. I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like