More than 700 planned marches drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like NY and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and IN to the front lawn of a Border Patrol station IN McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held IN cages. How numerous approximately 500 children were still detained with their families wasn't clear. "Don't jail children, " was written on another.
He noted that much of the attention has been at the border, but that there is a need to also look at "what's happening on the Central American side" and how these migrant families are often "in the hands of Mexican cartels, risky organizations" when they make a decision to flee their country for the U.S.
As protesters gathered, passing traffic honked their horns in support, setting off loud cheers from the crowd.
Marchers there carried signs that read: "Compassion not cruelty" and "November is coming".
From Raleigh, North Carolina to Anchorage, Alaska, there were approximately 700 marches under the banner of "Families Belong Together", decrying the separation of children from parents, who had been detained after crossing the border.
"We know anything that tears apart our families or puts them in danger threatens who we strive to be as a nation", local organizer Sili Recio said in a statement.
Santos said the President's executive order to stop future separation of families at the border does not help families have already separated from loved one.
Criticism of ICE was a theme nationwide Saturday, and President Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend the agency and its practices.
"Children are supposed to stay with their mommies and daddies", a little girl at the rally with her mom said.
A federal judge in California on June 26 ordered US immigration authorities to reunite children with their parents within 30 days.
Advocates have been overwhelmed by support for the immigrants, and say the issue is gaining traction among people not usually connected to immigration, according to Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. "Dems want Open Borders and are weak on Crime!"
"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", Trump said in a tweet Saturday morning.
Nationwide, groups came together in city parks and downtown squares, while others converged on the global bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. "We have to speak out now while we can, before we can't".
"We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen".
He son has pleaded with her on the phone to bring him home.
"I beg you all", she said. "We're fighting for our democracy".
Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol.
"Fight for families", the sign declared.