Dem lawmakers join nationwide protests against Trump immigration policies

Various Democratic lawmakers joined tens of thousands of protesters at rallies across the country on Saturday to protest the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents for detention.

Immigration and civil rights activists descended on downtown Washington, D.C., for a main rally on Saturday while more than 700 "sister" rallies occurred in cities and towns around the U.S. and in several cities around the world, according to organizers and social media posts.

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Maryland Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinJuan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins Senate passes resolution honoring victims of Capital Gazette shooting Biden rallies Dem support for progressive Md. governor candidate MORE (D) attended a rally in Baltimore, tweeting photos from the march showing dozens of protesters holding signs aimed at the president and others assembled to hear featured speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU and other organizations.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump pick to face grilling over family separations On The Money: Commerce to review uranium imports | Lawmakers urge Trump not to impose auto tariffs | White House wants steeper cuts to EPA funding | Google hit with massive B fine Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (D) joined a rally in Boston where she ripped the administration's "ugly" immigration practices and called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be replaced.

Also spotted at the Boston rally were fellow Massachusetts lawmakers Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D) and Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyTop Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter Dem rep knocks Trump’s credibility: ‘Would' versus 'wouldn't' is a ‘pretty big deal’ Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House MORE III (D), who also addressed the crowd.

In Atlanta, civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisSo the Tea Party wants a tea party? Dem lawmakers join nationwide protests against Trump immigration policies Democratic congresswoman: ‘I was proud to be arrested’ with immigration protesters MORE (D-Ga.) called on a crowd to commit "good trouble, necessary trouble" to put an end to Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which led to the family separation crisis Trump sought to halt in an executive order last week.

"The world is crying with us," Lewis told the crowd. "We must show the world that we are better than what is going on in America today."

At the main protest in D.C., Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech MORE (D-Wash.) addressed the crowd and spoke to The Hill about her arrest alongside immigration protesters earlier in the week.

"I was proud to be arrested with them," she said. "The Trump administration is doing this and I as a Congress member, a representative of the United States government, refused to allow my name to be used in that way."

A press release from organizers of the D.C. rally said that 30,000 protesters had gathered in the nation's capital as of 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with thousands more attending rallies in cities across the U.S.

“When these groups came together for the first time a few weeks ago we set out to not just galvanize the usual suspects, but to recognize that everyone has a role in fighting for the country that we want," said Ai-Jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and one of the rally's organizers.

“Today’s event is not the culmination but the start of activating people from all walks of life, in every state to fight for the soul of American values.”