Protest in Manhattan as drumbeat of opposition to family separations grows

20 June 2018

New Yorkers joined a growing chorus of opposition on Tuesday (June 19) to the Trump administration's handling of immigrants. The undocumented families entered the U.S. through its southern border. The administration's "zero tolerance" policy has removed over 2,300 children from their asylum-seeking parents since May. The separations began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted. The New York protest was small compared to the reportedly 1,000 people expected at a related protest in El Paso, Texas. near where a temporary 'tent city' is holding some of the children. Nationwide protests against the family separations are planned for June 30.