AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands across the country — including hundreds in Austin — took to the streets Saturday to protest the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
The protests are part of the “Families Belong Together” rallies. Protesters came holding signs, demanding families be reunited as soon as possible.
President Trump signed an executive order more than a week ago to end the policy of separating migrant families at the border.
“I think that in order for us to treat our migrant community better, we do definitely need complete immigration reform,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez, who supports immigrant rights.
Here in Austin, hundreds turned out to the south steps of the State Capitol for the rally. Overall, it was peaceful as activists listened to several speakers take the microphone.
Every speech was translated in both Spanish and English.
One immigration lawyer addressed the work she has been doing with parents at the Hutto Detention Center.
“I have heard their heartbreaking stories at the moment of separation — each as awful as the one before,” said immigration lawyer Kate Lincoln Goldfinch.
On the same day as Saturday’s protests, President Trump said that anyone who comes into the country illegally must immediately be escorted back, without years of what he calls “legal maneuvering.”