Protesters march against Trump's immigration policy

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, CNN

Updated 2023 GMT (0423 HKT) June 30, 2018
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10:38 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

Protesters in Atlanta are carrying a dog crate with baby dolls inside

Atlanta protesters rallying against President Trump's immigration policy are carrying a dog crate with baby dolls inside of it.

The crate is an apparent reference to the chain-link fences some migrants — including children — have been kept behind.

We've seen this imagery before: A group of children brought a small cage to the US Capitol building last week when they showed up to protest family separations.

Watch the moment in Atlanta:

10:35 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

This mother and daughter are marching to show the importance of family

From CNN's Mallory Simon

Stephanie Gruppo and her daughter Kylie Gruppo are marching today in Washington, DC, for children who have been separated from their parents at the border.

"The kids, that pushed me over the edge what they're doing," said Stephanie, 55, from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Kylie, 22, said families shouldn't be shoved in "creepy tent cities" or places that look like "concentration together."

Both mother and daughter said they came together to show the importance of family bonds.

This isn't their first march. Stephanie attended the March of Science rally, and Kylie went to the Women's March.

10:18 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

This is the scene in Atlanta right now

Protesters are marching in Atlanta, Georgia, right now against the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Atlanta is among a growing list of cities that will see protests today. Here's a look at where the marches and demonstrations are happening:

10:13 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

Protesters in New York City plan to march over the Brooklyn Bridge

The rally in New York City just started. Protesters gathered in Manhattan around 10 a.m. ET, CNN's Polo Sandoval reports.

They plan to march over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then hold a rally in Brooklyn.

Watch more:

10:00 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

She's marching today to make America the country her parents dreamed of

Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.Org
Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.Org Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Karine Jean-Pierre — senior adviser and national spokeswoman for MoveOn, one of a coalition of organizations supporting today's march — came to the US when she was just a toddler.

In a CNN op-ed, she described why she's marching today.

"Saturday, I'll be walking at one of the hundreds of marches planned across the country, and I will keep walking until America becomes the country my parents dreamed of," she wrote.

Here's more of her family's story:

My parents, like the families escaping brutality and bloodshed today, were fleeing their own danger. Their home country, Haiti, was beleaguered by a cruel, authoritarian dictatorship and living there was no longer safe. Their journey wasn't easy. Like those crossing deserts and mountains and canyons today, they couldn't come to the United States directly, so they went to Martinique, where I was born, before they were able to come to the United States, settling in Queens Village, New York.My parents' story is the story of many families immigrating to the United States today, and the story of so many who came before us. It's the story of those who immigrated through Ellis Island and the pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock centuries ago. It's the story of Native Americans, whose children have, throughout history, been ripped away from their parents by the US government. It's the story of Africans who were brought here, enslaved, and taken away from everything they ever knew -- including their families. It's the story of Japanese-American internment during World War II, who were taken from their homes even though, for many of them, the United States was the only home they ever knew. My story is their story is your story is our story. Our story -- our American story -- is one of tragedy, but also one of hope, and a commitment to fight for civil liberties, with or without civility.

9:46 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

The House voted on two immigration measures. Neither passed.

From CNN's Lauren Fox


House Republicans abandoned a GOP leadership-backed immigration bill Wednesday, the latest setback in the years-long intraparty war between Republicans on the polarizing issue.

The bill, which was never expected to pass, failed by an even wider margin than expected — 121-301 — and had far less Republican support than a more conservative bill that failed last week.

Adding more drama to the vote Wednesday is the fact that a more conservative proposal failed the week before. The bill, known as the Goodlatte bill after Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, earned 193 votes, just a little more than 20 votes shy of passing.

10:07 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

You may see a lot of shirts and signs that read, "I really do care" today

From CNN's Sarah Jorgensen

Protesters in New York City have a message for the first lady.

First lady Melania Trump wore a Zara jacket that read, "I really don't care. Do u?" last week before and after she visited the US southern border.

Today, Annie Scott, left in the photo above, and Fernanda Kock are wearing shirts with their answer: "I really do care."

“We’re here because we think this is important," Scott told CNN.

We may see this slogan a lot today: T-shirt makers started selling apparel with "I really do care" and similar slogans after the first lady wore her jacket. Protesters marching in Washington, DC, on Thursday wrote "We care" on their hands and all signed a jacket with the phrase.

10:10 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

Here's how the last immigration protest in Washington went down

While protests are planned for across the country, the main march today is taking place in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, across the street from White House. 

This isn't the first time protesters are rallying in the nation's capital about Trump's immigration policy and family separations.

On Thursday, more than 1,000 female activists marched through Washington to protest the separation of children from their immigration parents at the US-Mexico border.

They ended up at a Senate office building, where they sat on the floor with emergency blankets, like the ones some immigrants have been given at detention centers after crossing the US border.

US Capitol Police arrested approximately 575 individuals with unlawfully demonstrating.

Watch the moment:

9:10 a.m. ET, June 30, 2018

Thousands are marching today. Here's what they want.

From CNN's Dakin Andone

Hundreds of marches today, known as Families Belong Together protests, are expected to cap several weeks of outrage over the policies that have resulted in more than 2,500 immigrant children being separated from their parents in the weeks since the federal government started prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally.

According to a document outlining the Families Belong Together messaging strategy, protesters have three primary demands:

  1. They want separated migrant families to be reunited immediately
  2. They want the government to end family detentions
  3. And they want the Trump administration to end its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy

Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order last week reversing his administration's family-separation policy, more than 2,000 children were still waiting to be reunited with their parents as of June 26, causing further anger and accusations that the administration is taking too long to take action.