Protesters gather near Trump’s golf course in New Jersey

Protesters gather near Trump’s golf course in New Jersey
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Scores of people amassed in New Jersey on Saturday to protest the administration's separation of migrant families at the border as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE headed to his golf club in Bedminster.

About 200 people assembled on Route 206 in New Jersey to protest along Trump's route to his golf club, according to reporters traveling with the president's motorcade. Pool reports noted that several protesters held signs blasting the administration's immigration policies.

The protesters assembled as tens of thousands of others gathered in Washington, D.C., and other cities on Saturday to condemn Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which mandates that all migrants arrested for crossing the border illegally be prosecuted.


The policy resulted in the separation and detention of thousands of migrant children away from their parents, hundreds of whom still wait to be reunited with their families. Trump signed an executive order last week to end the separation practice.

Pool reporters said that signs along the president's motorcade route in New Jersey had various anti-Trump immigration policy slogans, including one that read “asylum seekers are not criminals" and another reading “my civility is locked in a cage / reunite families now.”

Other signs reported by pool reporters mocked first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWarning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation New Melania Trump statue replaces one that burned to the ground in Slovenia The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations MORE for a jacket she wore when departing to a Texas migrant detention facility earlier this month. The jacket read "I really don't care, do u?" The first lady removed the jacket on Air Force One before arriving at the facility.

The jacket's message caused a stir on social media as critics questioned whether the message was intended for the migrant families or protesters.

More than 700 rallies were expected in all 50 states on Saturday, though the national march in D.C. attracted about 30,000 demonstrators, less than organizers expected.

Among the organizations backing Saturday's protests include the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as dozens of others.