Migrant separation protests sweep US

Migrant separation protests sweep US
Tens of thousands of people have joined nationwide protests across the US over the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies.

More than 630 events were planned, with protesters calling for migrant families split at the US border to be reunited.Some 2,000 children remain separated from their parents, despite President Donald Trump bowing to public outrage and curtailing the policy, reports BBC.

Concerns remain that records were not kept linking parents and children. Major protests took place in Washington DC, New York, and many other cities, using the hashtag #familiesbelongtogether. Marchers held placards calling for no more family separations and for the controversial immigration agency ICE to be abolished.

The nation is deeply divided about immigration policy, and the president ignited the debate again with his tweets on Saturday. From his golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, he defended the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Twitter, describing it as the "smartest, toughest and most spirited" of law-enforcement groups.

Meanwhile the movement to abolish ICE has been "going mainstream", according to some activists, and thousands have taken to the streets to protest the president's policies. More than 100 protesters gathered near the president's resort ("My civility is locked in a cage", said one of their signs). 
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