The day after speaking at a rally at Westlake Park, Washington Sen. Pramila Jayapal last night announced a forthcoming rally against the Trump administration's separation of families at the southern border.
The march, which will take place in Washington, DC, and around the country, is called #FamiliesBelongTogether, and is being organized by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, and hundreds of other organizations. “We see the outrage, and we see that this has to be taken right to the White House, right to Donald Trump, to stop the family separations,” Jayapal said Monday night on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes.
Rep. Jayapal has also introduced legislation to overhaul the immigrant detention system. Locally, the march will take place Saturday, June 30, at the Jackson Federal Building downtown.
The policy of separating families is part of the administration's "zero tolerance" stand against asylum seekers and others who've committed the mortal sin of trying to move to the US. Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the policy, parroting Trump's lie that Democrats are to blame for this violations of human rights. But, once again, the administration can't seem to keep its story straight: While Nielsen insisted to reporters that the policy isn't about deterrence, last month White House chief of staff John Kelly said it is. As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, however, the administration has failed to actually advertise the policy in Central America, which might be a good first step before taking babies from their mother's breast.