'Grannies' head to border to protest Trump's immigration policy
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A caravan of self-proclaimed "grannies" are headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to protest family separations caused by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

A group of "Grannies Respond" activists started their 2,000-mile road trip on Tuesday, traveling from New York to McAllen, Texas, according to WCBS Newsradio.


Once the group arrives at the country’s largest immigration facility in Texas, a stop scheduled for Monday, the activists will reportedly hold a 24-hour demonstration.

"We're moving beyond political lines," Claire Nelson, a member of the group and a grandmother, told CBS News. "This issue is not going away."

Roya Salehi, also a grandmother and the organizer of the group, told the outlet "Grannies Respond" started about month after Attorney Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump says he hasn't spoken to Barr about Mueller report Ex-Trump aide: Can’t imagine Mueller not giving House a ‘roadmap’ to impeachment Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' MORE implemented the controversial zero tolerance policy, which led to the separations of hundreds of migrant families, in May. 

Trump has since signed an executive order ending family separations, but hundreds of children still remain divided from their parents, even after a court previously ordered the government to reunite the migrant families by last Thursday.

Salehi said the group has since expanded into a grass-roots movement with other “grannies” and “grampies” forming caravans across the country to travel the southern border to protest migrant family separations.

Salehi said the group’s caravans have been deliberately making stops along the way to places where people aren’t discussing the controversial immigration policy so that they can help start the conversation. 

"I could not even close my eyes and imagine for a minute my kids being separated from me," Salehi told CBS News. "That was enough for me to take action."