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Thousands of People Demand in Washington to Reunite Immigrant Families

Singer Alicia Keys, actress America Ferrera, and Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda led the demonstration from the stage

Thousands of people gathered today in front of the White House in Washington to demand that the Donald Trump government reunite the families of undocumented immigrants as a result of their measures and that it end the policy of “zero tolerance”, which criminalizes to immigrants without papers.

Singer Alicia Keys, actress America Ferrera, and Puerto Rican playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda led from the stage a demonstration that, according to its organizers, gathered more than 30,000 people in downtown Washington, while another 750 cities throughout the US They organized similar marches.


“Our democracy is at stake, our humanity is at stake, we are here to save the soul of our nation,” said Alicia Keys in an emotional speech.

Keys and Ferrera, who is a descendant of Honduran immigrants, read the true stories of a mother separated from her son and a grandfather whose request to welcome and care for her own granddaughter was rejected by the US authorities.

“This fight does not belong to a group of people, to a color, to a genre, it belongs to all of us,” said Ferrera, known for her role in the series “Ugly Betty.”

Under the slogan “Families Belong Together,” the protesters asked to reunite the more than 2,300 children separated from their families since April, as a result of the “zero tolerance” policy that the US processes. with criminal charges to those who cross the southern border irregularly.

They also demanded an end to that policy and to the “detention camps” of immigrants, in which Trump wants to detain undocumented minors and their families for extended periods of time.

“I live next to a center where they are detaining I think ten or fifteen children right now,” a 22-year-old Alexandra Cornejo told Efe.

“He’s only nine minutes from my house, and I do not know what to do, and that’s why I wanted to be here, because my family is also a family of immigrants, from Mexico and Guatemala, and we have to defend our families,” Cornejo added. who lives in Manassas (Virginia), outside of Washington.

From the stage, Lin-Manuel Miranda sang a song from his Broadway hit “Hamilton” and asked the attendees not to stop “until those parents can sing their children again.”

Last week Trump signed a decree to stop the separation of families of immigrants but wants to change the laws to be able to detain minors for extended periods of time.

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