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Thousands Attend “Families Belong Together … and FREE!” Rallies

Thousands Attend “Families Belong Together … and FREE!” Rallies

United to “fight against ICE and to fight against the U. S., too”

Last weekend, we covered the “Families Belong Together . . . and FREE!” rallies scheduled for today. Thousands showed up in DC and in various cities across the country.

Fox News reports:

The voices of thousands of people rang nationwide on Saturday calling for the reunification of hundreds of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Protesters chanted “shut detention down!” as they marched in New York City’s Foley Square while in El Paso, Texas, hundreds marched toward the Paso Del Norte (Santa Fe) Bridge that crosses into Juarez, Mexico. More than 600 events were planned across the country.

. . . .  From immigrant-friendly cities like New York City and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming, protesters are rallying under the Families Belong Together banner, pushing against Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy that has seen some 2,000 families separated after crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico.

“I’m hoping that decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we’re taking out country back over, that evil is not going to prevail,” said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, among hundreds who gathered at her state’s capital.

Here’s a video that includes footage from San Francisco, Oakland, Concord, and San Jose.

While the normal people who are out protesting are indeed rallying for illegal alien families and children, it’s clear that this is not the intent of organizers. 

For example, in the video above, Ankush Ganapathy from Unite Here states they are at a “kids event.” The kids, he continues, have a platform to “fight against ICE and to fight against the U. S., too. [my emphasis]”  He further explains that the Trump pinata gives the kids a chance to “beat up the target.”

You may recall that the premise for this rally was made moot when President Trump responded to misplaced outrage, so they had to come up with another reason to hold the rallies: #FamiliesBelongTogether & FREE!

Activist actress Susan Sarandon got herself arrested, as did more than 500 protesters in DC.

ET reports:

Susan Sarandon was one of the roughly 575 people arrested during a Capitol Hill protest of President Trump’s immigration policies and family separations at the southern border on Thursday. The group, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state, were charged with unlawfully demonstrating.

Sarandon tweeted from the rally, where she and other women carried banners that said, “We demand … end all detention camps.” They also declared, “We care,” in response to the jacket first lady Melania Trump wore last week.

The protest took place in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. According to U.S. Capitol Police, the individuals were processed on the scene and released. The demonstrators were there to protest the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that treats all illegal border crossings as criminal offenses. Mr. Trump signed an executive order last week ending family separations, but up some 2,000 children remained separated. A federal judge has ordered that families separated at the border be reunited within 30 days.

Other high profile people, including the creator of the musical “Hamilton” and Representative John Lewis (D-GA), were involved in various rallies across the country.

NBC News reports:

The protests, marching under the banner “Families Belong Together,” are hoping to push the Trump administration to reunite thousands of immigrant children separated from their families after crossing into the United States.

. . . . Thousands watched the Facebook livestream of the “Families Belong Together” rally in Washington where parents, children and faith leaders took turns to speak out against the Trump administration policy. Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage and sang a song from his celebrated musical “Hamilton” to the protesters.

. . . .  Meanwhile, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., reminded demonstrators in Atlanta of how effective the rallies he organized in the 1960s were in combating segregation and inequality. This was another moment in which to fight back, he said.

“As a nation and a people we can do better,” Lewis said. “Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep marching.”

Here’s a little tidbit from NBC that I found particularly amusing:  ” A New Yorker raised a sign that said ‘Amerikkka: separating families since 1619’.”

Watch Reps Lewis and Hank Johnson (D-GA) speak at Atlanta’s rally (and no, the subject of Guam tipping over does not come up):


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johnnycab23513 | June 30, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Families do belong together, but not in this nation unless they walk for and receive permission to come here. When they do not, they are responsible for the consequences!

    Kepha H in reply to johnnycab23513. | July 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    What kind of family is it when parents leave a minor in the care of a coyote to get the minor into the USA? There’s a problem of trafficking here.


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I’m sure they were impressed with themselves, but in a nation of over 300 million, this is a little less than the mouse that roared.

What is it with the left and the frantic chants of things everyone agrees with?

Black lives matter. Does anyone think they don’t?
Families belong together. Outside of the Ninth Circuit, who disagrees?
My body, my choice. Duh.

They never seem to want to argue the things we actually disagree on…

    Tom Servo in reply to clintack. | June 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    hmm, chanting dogma in unison, and threatening death to all heretics; it kinda reminds one of some kind of sick religious cult, doesn’t it?

    bear in reply to clintack. | June 30, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    clintack, the context speaks volumes: “frantic chants” is a key phrase, as are the rest. “black lives matter” means ONLY black lives matter. No one agrees with that except the far left. “families belong together” means illegal alien criminals get a free pass. It is not all inclusive. “My body, my choice” conveniently leaves out the choice of the unborn, even at and after the moment of birth.

    There is considerable disagreement on each of these premises. Context does matter.

    oldgoat36 in reply to clintack. | July 1, 2018 at 7:03 am

    That is the point of their chants and they thrust those slogans out to hide the agendas behind them.

    They have become anti-First Amendment as they look to shut people up over the true issues they are behind, it helps fool the foolish who dig no deeper into what the full picture of their cause is.

    It’s about the children, so shut up about them being here illegally, no person can be illegal… while plugging their ears to you saying well, yes they can be illegal if they do acts that are illegal. If they go against our laws, how exactly are they any kind of enhancement to our society? Most want to come into our country to take from the taxpayers and send the money out of the country. They harm mostly the black community as they take jobs that typically were the domain of black males. But never mind that, you can’t separate families who abuse their children by bringing them along as a bargaining chip through a perilous journey to commit a crime.

Once again–as always: Hard cases make bad law !!!!! ABJ

This is all nothing but hypocrisy and political posturing.
They don’t give a sheet about families.

I wonder how much of this protest is the result of Obama’s coordinating under the radar?

    oldgoat36 in reply to Leslie Eastman. | July 1, 2018 at 7:11 am

    You can safely bet that he is. It’s what community organizers do, and it’s not for advancing the American communities either. He and Soros are huge behind all this.

G. de La Hoya | June 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm

Permanent “Scowler” John Lewis was spat upon again and like before, he can’t prove it 😉

“Thousands Attend “Families Belong Together … and FREE!”

This is true. But they belong in the nation they abandoned, instead of bringing themselves here to replicate the nation they abandoned.

Become an ‘American’ or don’t come.

I love the part where they say it’s not political, when every damned thing they do these days is nothing but politics, and from Move On, the Soros discord organization that has his goal of the destruction of the US in his heart.

These families are free so long as they don’t break our immigration laws looking to fleece the American public out of tax dollars. This is theft, while also contributing to human trafficking in the child sex trade. But never mind that, they have their slogan to hide behind.

These illegals have no desire to become Americans, working toward becoming a part of our society. They wave the fricking flags of their home countries, then claim asylum because they fear for the lives from the country they proudly proclaim.

Build the wall. Shoot those who look to climb it.

star1701gazer | July 1, 2018 at 9:23 am

“Thousands Attend “Families Belong Together … and FREE!”

I love the way the media overstates how many people attend these rallies. In Houston, the news stations reported “Thousands gathered at Houston’s City Hall to march in nationwide “Families Belong Together” rally” (KPRC-NBC affiliate). From the video reports, it appears that it was more like 300 to 500 people, not thousands. In a metropolitan area of 4.5 million people, 500 people isn’t a big percentage. News media constantly overstates the numbers of people in attendance to try to convince people that a majority of people support their causes, but it just ain’t so!

These bogus “demonstrations” are to be expected.

Remember how people attending Trump campaign rallies were attacked in the streets around the venue? Remember how there were marches in several cities after the election where the mobs caused damage and disrupted the rest of society? Remember the riots associated with the BLM movement and the sniper attack upon innocent police officers in Dallas? Remember the various attacks on people by AntiFa? Remember Charleston, where the AntiFa mob attacked a reasonably peaceful white supremacist group? Remember the shutting down of conservative speech by mobs on campus? It is all organized by the same group of people for the same ends.

These people, who are purportedly “championing” keeping families together, care nothing about families. They did not care when the last administration was doing the same thing. They do not care that other criminals in the US are separated from their families while incarcerated. They care nothing about the children prostituted by their parents and family members. This is just another contrived emotional issue that can be used to attack the current administration and our society.

Families should be together? Does that mean the “baby dad’s” will become husbands? I guess not.

Why do those seeking fasylum have to wait inside the USA? They are safe in Mexico and can return to the border for their court date.

I guess we should ban divorce to keep more families together!