But many protesters said they won't back down until all of the families are back together again.
"The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry", the Justice Department said in documents filed yesterday as the Donald Trump administration struggles to quell fury over the controversial separation of minors from their families.
The main rally is taking place in Lafayette Square in Washington, but hundreds of marches, protests and rallies were underway across the country to call for the immediate reunification of migrant families and an end to family detentions and separations. From New York City to Los Angeles, the immigration march comes in the wake of the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the southern border - which has been weighing heavily on everyone's minds as of late.
"You can see a lot of unity here", she said. She said she was anxious about the children taken from their families, and their parents left without knowing how to find them. The protestors say they want more transparency on what happens next to those children. The ACLU says they'll keep fighting until all children are reunited with their parents immediately after their court orders are issued - with no indefinite jailing of parents and children.
The sit-in of protesting women was organised by two liberal groups, Women's March and the Centre for Popular Democracy Action. "We can't afford it especially when they come in here and jump on the public dole".
Mr Trump directed Mr Sessions to ask the judge overseeing the 1997 Flores settlement to revise it so that the children can be held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities. Herrera said she encouraged those in attendance to head to Lansing and attend their "Families Belong Together" rally.
Organiser Michelle Wentz said opposition to the administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy had seemed to cross political party lines.
Under Mr Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, the government has begun prosecuting all migrants caught entering the country without authorisation. "I just don't see how a human being would do such a thing".
"I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist", said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organiser.
"There's so much wrong with family detention", Philip E. Wolgin, managing director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said in a recent phone interview with Mic.
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