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 CardinOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment More Dems come out in public opposition to Kavanaugh 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 WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? 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 MarkeyOvernight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes Dems introduce bill to ban low-yield nukes Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (D) and Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Ex-GOP donor urges support for Dems in midterms: 'Democracy is at stake' Joe Kennedy: Trump's math counts black and brown lives less than white lives MORE III (D), who also addressed the crowd.

In Atlanta, civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Obama to urge rejection of 'authoritarian politics and policies' in speech Florida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson 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 JayapalDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dem rep: Why shouldn’t Americans believe Trump is as corrupt as his friends? 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.”