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Protesters march in Minneapolis over U.S. immigration policies

The Sunday march was protesting ICE, family separation and immigration bans.

Thousands of people marched in Minneapolis Sunday to protest U.S. immigration policies.

Community members, along with the Minnesota Immigration Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) and the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), gathered at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue to protest ICE, family separation at the border and immigration bans.

Despite weather concerns, MIRAC estimates around 4,000 people attended the event.

The protesters marched to the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis to hear speakers.

"Today we stand in solidarity and resistance together," said First Universalist Church of Minneapolis pastor Rev. Ruth MacKenzie at the event, which was live streamed on MIRAC’s Facebook. "As we submerge into the work of justice to fight the racist policies that are hurting families and traumatizing communities."

CAIR-MN executive director Jaylani Hussein also spoke at the church about the family separation at the U.S. southern border that drew international attention last year. President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice in June 2018, but questions still remain about how migrant children will be reunited with their parents.

“Today we have showed up in Minneapolis to reaffirm our commitment to resist this policy and all policies that are unjust,” Hussein said.

Protesters held signs reading things like “Where are the Children?” and “#AbolishICE.” 

Just last week, lawmakers in Congress were split over a bill that would provide aid to migrants at the border. The bill, which was eventually passed with support from both parties, provided food and shelter to families.

But without a policy in place to improve conditions for refugees, progressive lawmakers like Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar opposed the bill. 

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