Thousands march nationwide in ‘Families Belong Together’ protests against Trump's immigration policies

Thousands of protesters across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, marched Saturday — in major cities and tiny towns — to demand President Donald Trump’s administration reunite the divided families.

More than 700 planned marches are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.

Thousands dressed in white and gathered early Saturday morning in sweltering 90-degree heat in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day’s protests.

“What’s next? Concentration Camps?” one marcher’s sign read. “I care, do you?” read another, referencing a jacket the first lady wore when visiting child migrants amid the global furor over the administration’s zero-tolerance policy that forced the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. Her jacket had “I really don’t care. Do you?” scrawled across the back, and that message has become a rallying cry for Saturday’s protesters. (AP)

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<p>Activists, including one holding a “Star Wars”-themed sign, gather during a rally to protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP) </p>
Salt Lake City, Utah

Activists, including one holding a “Star Wars”-themed sign, gather during a rally to protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP)

<p>Deborah Campbell, dressed as the Statue of Liberty with red tape over her mouth, attends the Families Belong Together rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

Deborah Campbell, dressed as the Statue of Liberty with red tape over her mouth, attends the Families Belong Together rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Protestors cross the Brooklyn Bridge during a march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Protestors cross the Brooklyn Bridge during a march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Protestors march through the streets during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Chicago, Ill.

Protestors march through the streets during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Walden Paige, of Marshalltown, Iowa, center, looks on during a rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Saturday, June 30, 2018, outside the Marshall County Courthouse in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP) </p>
Marshalltown, Iowa

Walden Paige, of Marshalltown, Iowa, center, looks on during a rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Saturday, June 30, 2018, outside the Marshall County Courthouse in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

<p>A woman takes part in a protest against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Chicago, Ill.

A woman takes part in a protest against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Protestors march past offices of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Chicago, Ill.

Protestors march past offices of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) during a demonstration against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Maria Montelongo raises her fist at the Families Belong Together rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Thousands gathered at the Capitol to protest family separations on the border. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Austin, Texas

Maria Montelongo raises her fist at the Families Belong Together rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Thousands gathered at the Capitol to protest family separations on the border. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>A woman takes part in a protest against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Chicago, Ill.

A woman takes part in a protest against the US immigration policies separating migrant families in Chicago, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies as part of a “Families Belong Together” rally in Houston, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters) </p>
Houston, Texas

Demonstrators protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies as part of a “Families Belong Together” rally in Houston, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters)

<p>Carlos Espina, 19, wears a thermal blanket given to him by asylum seeker at a church where he volunteers, during a protest march in downtown El Paso, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Julio-Cesar Chavez/Reuters) </p>
El Paso, Texas

Carlos Espina, 19, wears a thermal blanket given to him by asylum seeker at a church where he volunteers, during a protest march in downtown El Paso, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Julio-Cesar Chavez/Reuters)

<p>Immigration activists march toward the U.S. Capitol to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policy in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Washington, D.C.

Immigration activists march toward the U.S. Capitol to protest the Trump Administration’s immigration policy in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Jonathan Reed of Silver Spring, Maryland, holds up a sign as he stands in a spray of water from a fire truck during rally by immigration activists to protest against the Trump Administration’s immigration policy outside the White House in Washington,D.C., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Washington,D.C.

Jonathan Reed of Silver Spring, Maryland, holds up a sign as he stands in a spray of water from a fire truck during rally by immigration activists to protest against the Trump Administration’s immigration policy outside the White House in Washington,D.C., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Homeland Security police officers watch over protesters at the Paso Del Norte port of entry, an international bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico in downtown El Paso, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Julio-Cesar Chavez/Reuters) </p>
El Paso, Texas

Homeland Security police officers watch over protesters at the Paso Del Norte port of entry, an international bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico in downtown El Paso, Texas, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Julio-Cesar Chavez/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators protest during a national day of action called “Keep Families Together” to protest the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy in Los Angeles, Calif., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Monica Almeida/Reuters) </p>
Los Angeles, Calif.

Demonstrators protest during a national day of action called “Keep Families Together” to protest the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy in Los Angeles, Calif., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Monica Almeida/Reuters)

<p>Katy Heath holds a flag during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP) </p>
Indianapolis, Ind.

Katy Heath holds a flag during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP)

<p>Protesters rally against US President Donald Trump’s immigrant family separation policies in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Philadelphia, Pa.

Protesters rally against US President Donald Trump’s immigrant family separation policies in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 2018. (Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Protesters gather near a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station to speak out against immigration policy, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
McAllen, Texas

Protesters gather near a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station to speak out against immigration policy, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Sirley Paixao, whose ten-year-old son Diego was separated from her by U.S. immigration officials on May 24, 2018, cries while talking to reporters before the “Families Belong Together” rally in Boston, Mass., June 30, 2018 (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) </p>
Boston, Mass.

Sirley Paixao, whose ten-year-old son Diego was separated from her by U.S. immigration officials on May 24, 2018, cries while talking to reporters before the “Families Belong Together” rally in Boston, Mass., June 30, 2018 (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators carrying signs, including one reading “Save America”, march during the “Families Belong Together” rally in Boston, Mass., June 30, 2018 (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) </p>
Boston, Mass.

Demonstrators carrying signs, including one reading “Save America”, march during the “Families Belong Together” rally in Boston, Mass., June 30, 2018 (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

<p>Children shoes are on display during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP) </p>
Indianapolis, Ind.

Children shoes are on display during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP)

<p>Margarita Perez of Albuquerque, with her daughter by her side, holds up a Mexican flag during a protest on Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Perez was among thousands who gathered on the plaza to voice their opposition to U.S. immigration policies and President Donald Trump. (Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP) </p>
Albuquerque, N.M.

Margarita Perez of Albuquerque, with her daughter by her side, holds up a Mexican flag during a protest on Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Perez was among thousands who gathered on the plaza to voice their opposition to U.S. immigration policies and President Donald Trump. (Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP)

<p>Six-year-old Jameson Dodds of Denver holds up his placard during an immigration rally and protest in Civic Center Park Saturday, June 30, 2018, in downtown Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Denver, Colo.

Six-year-old Jameson Dodds of Denver holds up his placard during an immigration rally and protest in Civic Center Park Saturday, June 30, 2018, in downtown Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A activist holds a sign during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP) </p>
Indianapolis, Ind.

A activist holds a sign during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP)

<p>Paula Vallejos of Albuquerque listens to speakers during a protest on Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Vallejos, who has been protesting since the 1960s, was among thousands who gathered on the plaza to voice concerns about everything from immigration policies to women’s rights. (Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP) </p>
Albuquerque, N.M.

Paula Vallejos of Albuquerque listens to speakers during a protest on Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Vallejos, who has been protesting since the 1960s, was among thousands who gathered on the plaza to voice concerns about everything from immigration policies to women’s rights. (Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP)

<p>A activist holds a sign during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo/Darron Cummings/AP) </p>
Indianapolis, Ind.

A activist holds a sign during a protest of the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents at the Statehouse, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo/Darron Cummings/AP)

<p>Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Samantha Montgomery of Denver holds up a sign during an immigration rally and protest in Civic Center Park Saturday, June 30, 2018, in downtown Denver. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Denver, Colo.

Samantha Montgomery of Denver holds up a sign during an immigration rally and protest in Civic Center Park Saturday, June 30, 2018, in downtown Denver. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge carrying signs during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge carrying signs during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators arrive in front of the White House prior to a march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators arrive in front of the White House prior to a march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A protest image is carried by a demonstrator as people cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

A protest image is carried by a demonstrator as people cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A demonstrator holding a sign participates in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

A demonstrator holding a sign participates in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>An immigration activists hold signs against family separation during a rally to protest against the Trump Administration’s immigration policy outside the White House in Washington, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Washington, D.C.

An immigration activists hold signs against family separation during a rally to protest against the Trump Administration’s immigration policy outside the White House in Washington, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators march on Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators march on Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A protest image is carried by a demonstrator as people cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

A protest image is carried by a demonstrator as people cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators hold placards as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators hold placards as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in New York. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man holds a poster as he attends the nationwide “Keeping Immigrant Families Together” march on June 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) </p>
New York City

A man holds a poster as he attends the nationwide “Keeping Immigrant Families Together” march on June 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

<p>Demonstrators participate in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators participate in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators cross the Brooklyn Bridge during “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A young child holds a sign during the rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies Saturday, June 30, 2018, in New York, New York. (Photo: Kevin Hagen/AP) </p>
New York City

A young child holds a sign during the rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies Saturday, June 30, 2018, in New York, New York. (Photo: Kevin Hagen/AP)

<p>Activists shout during the rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies Saturday, June 30, 2018, in New York, New York. (Photo: Kevin Hagen/AP) </p>
New York City

Activists shout during the rally to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies Saturday, June 30, 2018, in New York, New York. (Photo: Kevin Hagen/AP)

<p>Demonstrators hold placards in front of the White House as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Washington, D.C.

Demonstrators hold placards in front of the White House as they march against the separation of immigrant families, on June 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Activists gather to protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Lafayette Square across from the White House, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP) </p>
Washington, D.C.

Activists gather to protest the Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents in Lafayette Square across from the White House, Saturday, June 30, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

<p>Demonstrators participate in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

Demonstrators participate in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A demonstrator holding a sign participates in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
New York City

A demonstrator holding a sign participates in “Keep Families Together” march to protest Trump administration’s immigration policy in Manhattan, New York, June 30, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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