What to Know
- A nationwide movement emerged to protest the new immigration policy & press the Trump administration to reunite families being separated.
- The "Families Belong Together" event in Chicago lasted three hours and ended at the ICE headquarters in downtown.
- Experts recommended wearing light and loose-fitting clothing and drinking plenty of water since Chicago is under an Excessive Heat Warning.
The streets of Chicago were filled with protesters on Saturday as thousands rallied against the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
According to Chicago police, over 50,000 people marched the streets of Chicago Saturday as part of a nationwide movement to protest the new immigration policy and to press the Trump administration to reunite families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The rally and march began at the Richard J. Daley Center and ended at the ICE offices in downtown.
Thousands of Chicagoans Took to the Streets to Protest Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy
At noon, organizers announced the rally would march toward the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Several roads were closed along the route as protesters made their way to the ICE offices.
Chicago was one of more than 600 organized #FamiliesBelongTogether marches Saturday across the country. Attendees all over the U.S. were asked to wear white in solidarity.
The nationwide rallies emerged after a recent ruling this week requiring the government to reunify families separated at the border, means authorities can legally keep families detained until their cases are complete.
The interpretation means immigrant families could spend months or even years in detention — even those seeking asylum — because of a years-long backlog in immigration court.