More than 700 marches on Saturday drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York City to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together. Rep. Maxine Waters delivered a strong speech in front of the large crowd of tens of thousands, calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment and responding to the death threats made against her.
They are reports, around 2,000 children still remain separated from their parents after a judge ordered the families be reunited within 30 days, last week.
Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like NY and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming.
The US president defended his policy of separating children from their families who have been illegally crossing the southern US-Mexico border, saying, to prosecute parents for illicit entry, "you have to take the children away".
A number of celebrities have also expressed their support, including actresses Julianne Moore, America Ferrara and Natalie Portman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical Hamilton. "That's not who we are", Hinds said. "This is one of those where were ya' moments", he said.
Parallel protests occurred throughout the Bay Area at the same time as Berkeley's, including demonstrations at Oakland's Lake Merritt, at an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention facility in Richmond, and in San Francisco.
In Trump's hometown of New York City, another massive crowd poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, "Shame!"
"We're here to say to Trump: End this zero-tolerance policy", Indian American Congresswoman Pramila said at the Washington rally organised by a coalition of organisations formed American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Move On. Several near the stage cheered loudly and shouted "Bienvenidos, " or "Welcome, " as one of the latter, a woman named Jocelyn, took the microphone early in the day.
According to reports, over 630 events were planned, with protesters calling for migrant families separated at the USA border to be reunited.
Hundreds filled Park Square, all dressed in white, to protect the Trump administration. To comply with the injunction, the government said Friday it "will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings".
"I love these guys here but I think that they're naive".
Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with United States authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago.
Rita Montoya, 36, a Washington lawyer, was born in California but has Mexican origins and arrived at the protest with her two sons, aged four and two. His "zero tolerance policy" led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, majority fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries. They taped their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, to its grand wooden doors.