Mass Mobilization Planned for June 30 to Protest Trump's Cruel Separation of Families

As outrage spreads over the Trump administration’s forcible separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, human rights groups are calling on Americans to attend mass protests on Saturday, June 30 to speak out against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy and the administration’s repeated lies about its practices.

On MSNBC‘s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Monday night, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) spoke about the planned demonstration, which is expected to include more than 100 actions in cities and towns across the country as well as a march on Washington, D.C. Just12hours after Jayapal’s appearance on MSNBC, more than 4,000 Americans had pledged to demonstrate on June 30. 

“We see the outrage, and we see that this has to be taken right to Donald Trump to stop the family separation,” Jayapal said. “Nobody believes that there is any legislative reason, any policy reason, and certainly no moral reason to be separating these kids. This is not a political issue; this is about what’s right or wrong.”

Groups involved in planning the demonstrations include the ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, MoveOn, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Trump critics have noted that based on the president’s own statements on social media, in which he’s provided a list of immigration policy demands that Congress must meet in order to end the practice of separating families, the administration is blatantly using children as pawns in order to achieve its goals of building a border wall and moving to a “merit-based” immigration system.