More than 600 rallies will be taking place around the world - including in Canada - on Saturday June 30 as part of a day of action against US President Donald Trump's child separation and family detention policies.
The Associated Press has reported, "The administration recently put into place a 'zero tolerance' policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution – a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation. The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security."
When public opposition mounted against this child separation policy, Trump signed an executive order enforcing family detentions.